Community can be related to most things surrounding popular culture. With all of this talk regarding blog themes happening amongst the kids I couldn’t help but wonder (excuse my Carrie Bradshaw moment) why we desire to project an image of ourselves online? Does a layout theme give us a sense of who a person is, or is it just that the person happens to be particularly fond of the colour scheme?
I draw on the character Jeff Winger who famously quoted, “For your information, I don’t have an ego. My Facebook photo is a landscape” to begin this blog, looking at how the internet, or more specifically social media sites provide us with the opportunity to establish an online image of ourselves, created by ourselves. Blog layouts resemble Myspace, they provide as a first impression of someone’s profile. For instance, when I decided to adopt a layout that depicted a vintage bike on a neutral coloured wall taken from a Hipstamatic lens, I wanted peeps to think I firstly, rode a bike and secondly was cultured or alternative. Pretty sure I was none of these things back in year 9 but the point is that I wanted people to think I was. I’m not saying that this is a bad thing at all, if we project an image of ourselves in everyday life then why not on Facebook and through a blog. Facebook in particular offers this ability to project an image of ourselves usually based on what we like, dislike, the friends we have and the pictures we decide to let ourselves be tagged in.
If we refer back to Jeff Winger’s quote, even those who reject egotism essentially project an image of themselves by not having a picture of themselves as their display. We seem to have established cultural groups that categorise EVERYONE. But perhaps what’s most important is how the internet offers a separate reality for individuals to find ways to express themselves.