Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What's in a [21st Century] Name?

[My video was taken down for copyright infringement so made this because techmology.]

I love finding out people's screen-names and gamertags. It's like finding out their true names, their real names.

What someone chooses to call themselves says a lot about them. It also makes it easy to sift through the throngs of digital personalities encountered online. For instance, if your name is something like realc00lguy34, then I automatically know you're not a real cool guy. Or if your name is CurtisTiberius or Undomiel, I know immediately that you are most definitely worth my time.

It is comforting, at least, that in this age of online profiles and footprints, of perceived virtual anonymity and emerging digital personas, that we are afforded the opportunity to re-invent ourselves online, starting with our own name. Often, the only thing other users have to judge you on in cyberspace is the content of your comments and contributions, and your name. In the future, your real life and your virtual life will be so inseparable that the name you were given and the name you have taken for yourself will become synonymous. Just do a quick google search for skyspyke and you'll see that the first six pages of results all point to my involvement in various random (and extremely nerdy) online community. After that it starts returning results for "skyskype" and gets a little kinky. Mayhaps someday, though, my true name will be tied to something great. Like a LoL championship. Or the hacker name I use when we break free from the Matrix.

What will you choose to be known by in the 21st Century? Choose wisely.

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