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How WE create I




                         H+ Summit * June 2010
              Heather Schlegel * heathervescent
My Interest
• We don’t pro-actively create identities
• Structures encourage behaviors
• Exploration of my personal brand
...
The Mass Age
•    Marshall McLuhan
•    Douglas Hofstadter
•    Jaron Lanier
•    NY Times




June 2010 | Humanity Plus  ...
How I think about this
• The way we create, experience and
  respond to technology
• Value-sets: And the underlying values...
Who are you?
Always the same person?




                            I’m not.
June 2010 | Humanity Plus              5
Fragmented (Online) Identities
• Anonymity
• Pseudonyms

• When your Identity takes
  on a life of it’s own?
       – Succ...
Extending our Identities
•    Identify Externally
       – Brands, Cars, Devices, Objects
       – Groups: Institutions, C...
The Doors of Expression
•    Second Life
•    Gaming Worlds
•    Blogging, Twitter & MySpace
•    Personal Brands
•    Fac...
June 2010 | Humanity Plus
Photo Credit: Evonne Amoration
Do we get lost? (I get lost)
•    Avatars: Embodiment = Immersion
•    Caught in streams of influence
•    The Audience Ef...
June 2010 | Humanity Plus        11
Photo Credit: Evonne Amoration
Self-Value
• What do we end up valuing?
• What types of identities are valued?
• How does one value self?




June 2010 | ...
Ownership of our Souls
• Who owns your identity?
       – Projected
       – Perception
       – Remembered
• Which parts ...
The Truth is Easier
• Real time life tracking & Public Diaries
       – Blogging (& Life Streaming)
       – Twitter
     ...
And the point…
• Identity is not created in a vacuum
• Iterative, Evolves
• The medium is the mæssage is the
  distraction...
Finally: Who are you?

                                     I – I hardly know, sir,
                                  just...
Thank You



                Heather Schlegel
     aka heathervescent, The Purple Tornado
          puissant@heathervescen...
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How We Create I

  1. 1. How WE create I H+ Summit * June 2010 Heather Schlegel * heathervescent
  2. 2. My Interest • We don’t pro-actively create identities • Structures encourage behaviors • Exploration of my personal brand June 2010 | Humanity Plus 2
  3. 3. The Mass Age • Marshall McLuhan • Douglas Hofstadter • Jaron Lanier • NY Times June 2010 | Humanity Plus 3
  4. 4. How I think about this • The way we create, experience and respond to technology • Value-sets: And the underlying values encoded in a system June 2010 | Humanity Plus 4 Photo Credit: Machine Project
  5. 5. Who are you? Always the same person? I’m not. June 2010 | Humanity Plus 5
  6. 6. Fragmented (Online) Identities • Anonymity • Pseudonyms • When your Identity takes on a life of it’s own? – Success as stagnation – Pigeon-holed – Strange Loops: Living in another’s mind June 2010 | Humanity Plus 6 Photo Credit: Viss
  7. 7. Extending our Identities • Identify Externally – Brands, Cars, Devices, Objects – Groups: Institutions, Communities, Movements – Music • Multiple Identities – Private – Anonymous – Alternates: Avatars, Game Role-playing • Physical modifications – Plastic surgery – Tattooing, Beauty enhancements • Cognitive enhancers – Attention, focus, “energy” – Research, Training and Drugs June 2010 | Humanity Plus 7 Photo Credit: Brazil
  8. 8. The Doors of Expression • Second Life • Gaming Worlds • Blogging, Twitter & MySpace • Personal Brands • Facebook ID Lockdown • ID Theft: Single White Female June 2010 | Humanity Plus 8
  9. 9. June 2010 | Humanity Plus Photo Credit: Evonne Amoration
  10. 10. Do we get lost? (I get lost) • Avatars: Embodiment = Immersion • Caught in streams of influence • The Audience Effect • Participation & Motivation • Privacy June 2010 | Humanity Plus 10
  11. 11. June 2010 | Humanity Plus 11 Photo Credit: Evonne Amoration
  12. 12. Self-Value • What do we end up valuing? • What types of identities are valued? • How does one value self? June 2010 | Humanity Plus 12
  13. 13. Ownership of our Souls • Who owns your identity? – Projected – Perception – Remembered • Which parts are (truly) ours? • Betrayal “I don’t even see you, I see the mental image of you in my mind.” “I have conversations with the person you are in my mind.” June 2010 | Humanity Plus 13 Photo Credit: Evonne Amoration
  14. 14. The Truth is Easier • Real time life tracking & Public Diaries – Blogging (& Life Streaming) – Twitter – Flickr • Physically – 23 & me – Zeo • Collective History June 2010 | Humanity Plus 14
  15. 15. And the point… • Identity is not created in a vacuum • Iterative, Evolves • The medium is the mæssage is the distraction. • In the end, I may create WE June 2010 | Humanity Plus 15
  16. 16. Finally: Who are you? I – I hardly know, sir, just at present – at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then. - Lewis Carroll m June 2010 | Humanity Plus 16 Photo Credit: Jeff Christiansen
  17. 17. Thank You Heather Schlegel aka heathervescent, The Purple Tornado puissant@heathervescent.com www.heathervescent.com June 2010 | Humanity Plus 17

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