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Face Off – How do people react when their online identity is questioned?

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  1. Alexandra 11:44, Mar 30th, 10

    Once again, very inspiring! I tried to model my video this week after you, but I think you’ve done a better job :) I did have some trouble reading your text though. It seemed like either the old-movie effect or the youtube quality was making everything a bit blurry.

  2. ElzbthMllr 11:49, Mar 30th, 10

    I had the same problem w/ the text but only towards the end. Great job overall though!

  3. Harris 12:01, Mar 30th, 10

    Thank you guys. Alexandra, you’re being humble. You video was awesome. And yes it’s the video quality that’s distorting the text. Youtube processes the video for up to a couple of hours after it is uploaded, after that the quality improves significantly.

  4. juliette b 12:19, Mar 30th, 10

    Great Job Harris,
    I love the work the fact that your video is a lot about mask. To me online identities are an opportunity to put on different masks and to play with them.

    Speaking about interface, online identities could be an interface that we own and that we fully control…

  5. nadine 13:12, Mar 30th, 10

    I am glad that you liked the Ervin Goffman quote! I also had some trouble reading the text. Could you give us more time to read?
    Interesting question. Will you question the identity of people online? Have you had first reactions?

  6. Ryan 14:11, Mar 30th, 10

    Nice vid again. Also, I was looking for a little bit more info with it maybe to complement the video. I loved how you used the masks to get across your point. Great clips.

  7. Leslie 14:43, Mar 30th, 10

    Cool video! I love how it’s a little “creepy”- it plays into the idea of hiding behind a mask/identity to me, which can be a scary thing. I’m a huge horror fan, so I especially liked the beginning! There’s a lot to say in Halloween and Friday the 13th (especially in the 2 more recent remakes) about hiding behind a mask…definitely a fun way of opening up your video and also played into the overall ‘creepy’ feeling of the video.

    And, from personal experience..I was watching some of my friends playing around on Chat Roulette one day, and one of the people that popped up on our video was wearing a mask from a horror movie (might have been Mike Myers)…so those shots reminded me of that, as well! It would be an interesting topic to look into- why do some insist on wearing masks/dressing up on Chat Roulette? Is there a specific reason they pick the mask they do? It makes the fact that they’re hiding behind a certain identity clearly apparent, which could be interesting to look into why they wanted this to be so.

  8. nadine 23:36, Mar 30th, 10

    Oh, I found a great site for you!!! MIT project called Personas: http://personas.media.mit.edu/

    The programme can visualize your online persona (=how the Internet sees you). Try it!

    Ok, I agree that the programme is quite limited as you online search by your name, and there are plenty of people with the same name. It works better with famous people, unique names, or people with rich digital prints (@Mushon: do you see yourself reflected in the generated profile?)

    However, the idea is fascinating. Assumption: your online identity is like your real identity.

    There is also another MIT project, called GAYDAR. The concept: you can determine a person’s sexual orientation by looking at their friends in social networks.