THE CURATED SELF
Fact versus fiction… Reality versus fabrication… Our tenth lecture of the semester revolved around the Curated Self, zoning our attention on the idea of digital curation and how the information that we as online users post online is used for the benefit of others. The blog today shall be focused on Social Curation on the Website Pinterest.com by Catherine Hall and Michael Zarro. In the age of Instagram and Pinterest, both of which are now bigger than ever, the article as seen here is one of great relevance as you shall see below…
Think of Pinterest as a memory box or pin board where one pins sentimental items or keepsakes that have a sense of value to them, as curation is described as sites or platforms which combining social features, collecting possibilities and offering “information use, reuse and creation on the social web…” as seen from Pinterest itself.
Above is an example of my Pinterest board.
(It’s a work in progress!)
Like every other aspect of life, curation and the internet go hand in hand and Pinterest is the perfect place for it to begin. The popular website allows users to divide photos into certain categories, grouping them for their own pleasure. Hall’s article stated that blogs alone are responsible for 45% of the sites most popular pins which is outstanding! The typical thing for a Pinterest user to do when using the site is to repin, like, and comment on certain behaviours. Repinning is significant as it shows the changing taste of the user or change of meaning of the picture itself. Sites that are similar to this type of behaviour may also include Tumblr or Twitter itself in which we retweet, like and respond. Furthermore, the activity that people project on sites such as Pinterest has proven to be valuable metadata for many studies that have been carried out including Hall’s itself as it’s an easy way to assess human behaviour, both on and offline.
The millennial generation has become quite focused on attaining a certain amount of likes, retweets or repins as a sake of social validation and will often present a rather fabricated life online compared to their life offline. Yours truly is guilty of this crime! Today I personally would rarely post anything on sites such as Facebook or Twitter as it is a key target for employers nowadays. Aspects of life such as this often make me wish that I could tell my 15 year old self to stop posting a status or a tweet about absolute nonsense every ten minutes! This fabrication emphasises the sharp divide that exists between our curated life and our real life. It’s undeniable that digital curation promotes a very beneficial, efficient and positive way of storing data but it’s always important that we take utmost care when posting data and content online and remembering how it’ll be stored for years to come!
Below is an interesting video of our online image…
What does my online image say about me? Well from reading my previous blogs, what do you think?