one’s identity through topics that you search for. Even though the internet can be a place to be free in your identity, it can also ground you in the realities of cultural norms. This grounding can either strengthen the chains of the norms that bind your identity, or it can give you the tools to break them.
If you want to find people spewing offensive and ignorant opinions look no further than Twitter:
I mean come one now, people have lost their lives, have some respect. I believe that people think they can say whatever they feel like on Twitter because it only loosely connected their identity. Unlike Facebook, nothing on your Twitter has to be connected to you. Your handle, you picture, and your tweets could represent someone other than yourself, or as some might say your twitter personality. This disembodiment gives people the feeling of anonymity, where they feel free of judgment and consequences.
On the other hand, the internet can be freeing. It can provide an outlet or information to let someone know that they are not alone in this world; that someone else is just like them. A great example of this is The Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl(ABG) or what I like to call my life’s story.
This web-series is not only funny, but it also exposes the daily struggle of being awkward. It lets people know that we are not the only ones that find themselves in some really awkward situations. The series is about a woman in her mid-20s, Jay, who is African-American and is self-proclaimed awkward. We follow her daily life where she tries to find a man and make it through her days at her job, Gutbusters. ABG is so loved and relatable because it exaggerates situations that either happen socially or racially. If you don’t relate to Jay because your aren’t African-American, you might relate to her because you have been in the same awkward situation as her. The reason why I love this series is because I feel like it mirrors my life and allows me to live vicariously through its characters. When Jay writes her angry, yet very funny, raps about some mishap or situation, it is not only catharsis for her character, but for me as well.
The internet can be a place to find yourself, but you can also get lost in a lot of junk.
(For you viewing pleasure, here is season 2 episode one of ABG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFmLGlVx7hc&list=PL9A1B63A1A44E95FD )