Well, my lovely blog readers. It’s come to the end of my journey on SL with this amazing module, Virtual Environments. These next few blogs will be detailing my journey on the presentation with my group. This post will purely be our google doc file, with only my parts. The blog after this will be more of how it went, what we did, etc. Please enjoy.
Your digital identity and footprint.
Findings on Dave:
I started by taking the username Dave used and googling it. (designflump on wordpress) I found some of his photography with DIT. As he studies Vis Com in DIT, (found via his About Me part) it would be easy to find him there. Some pictures on his wordpress include Colin Barrack’s museum, perhaps he is a local to Dublin? Also IMMA, which encompasses the Hueston Station area. I eventually found his twitter and instagram. Twitter was much more informative, and I’ve found information that might or might not be true: Everton support, 450 in the portfolio for DIT. He also follows Illustrators Ireland (like myself) fan of Walking Dead and Assassin’s Creed (so is there a local gamestop in which he might go to buy the latest release?) Same with Fifa/EA so a gamer? Sons of Anarchy fan too.
Frequented the 77A bus in March 2015 and at roughly 1:49 pm, so would be easy to be on the same bus around that time. (It goes from Ringsend Rd. Towards Citywest and back)
Has a niece, first word was buddy. Studied Spanish. Might have gone to Coláiste Éanna in Ballyroan, Dublin (Rathfarnham?) But he did use the hashtag #citywest in regards to the bus?
Impressed by IADT and their studies in Nov 2014, but DIT was his first choice. Helly Hansen jacket fan?
Findings on Samya:
Originally I couldn’t find much, other than like this academia site (I think I dropped the l on her last name when trying to google it right away, and then tried things like samya dit, which nothing really came up) http://independent.academia.edu/SamyaBerridjdal
I found this numerology page with her full name http://www.analyzename.com/10/meaning-of/samya-byrne-berridjdal. It reminds me of a website I used to see called ‘Kabalarian Philosophy’ Which lead me onto a soundcloud account, but the comment was from 4 years ago, so another dead end. Taking the ‘Byrne’ bit from the analyse name website I did find her twitter account, where she follows the Kardashians and Rihanna, seems super fashionable (so, without knowing what course she is studying, I automatically think of her as this cool fashion designer, very glamourous and up to date on fashion scenes? She just seems to be on the ball with it, and I can totally see her designing cool clothes)
Reading through her twitter she is based in Dublin (which is pretty big, so hard enough to find her)
Possible boyfriend’s name is Dan and in a LDR? She tweets fashion things, but also important issues (like domestic violence, the fact it can be men as victims, etc) Has taken the 27 bus, so could look that up and see she took it around 5pm ish, near Sept, so is this related to college or work? Ilac centre is referenced once—is this a place she frequently visits?
To find out what Dave and Samya discovered about me, go to their blogs: (I feel its a bit wrong of me to post that here)
Marianna’s response to the findings:
Dave: I knew once Dave found moonanna or himebanana that he would find everything there was to find on me. I was actually expecting him to find a recent event I attended in Newbridge, as I had posted it all over my social medias. I actually use Naas as a general area, as my actual location is deep in the countryside, but it is roughly 7 km from Naas. I do this both as a precaution for my safety, and the fact that where I live is in the middle of nowhere and impossible to find most times. He is absolutely correct with the DCC, as I sold at quite a few conventions that were comic related.
Samya: I knew someone would find the Kildare.ie post! Samya found mostly everything about my comic stuff, totally. I really felt that the Kildare/Newbridge event was one of the scarier ones, in the sense that my exact location and time would be shared, but in essence, we can’t do the jobs we want if we don’t put that sort of stuff out there, I suppose!
- YouTube and dangerous public, Vloggers and other creative people being targeted.
- The idea that people are making the dangerous funny—there is a video game based on the dark web, and is it trivializing the dangers or highlighting them?
- Content creation
Chats about themes:
Information ownership, I think would be the best broad topic to consider. I’m not sure if we’re to choose just one theme and run with it, or highlight the other bits? If it is the latter, even if we choose information ownership as a overall theme we could always brush on those things later on. John did say something like ‘consider why you’re taking this module to begin with and how it will impact your working in the future’ so, maybe we could also mention things like when people steal not only our information online, but our art pieces? Maybe? I’m just spitballing here, I can paste these into the doc just so we don’t need to scroll back on here to re-read them too.
I think we should keep it short, specific and interesting, avoiding rambling at all costs. It would be great if we could shock people with some scary things that have happened as a result of sharing information online.
//case studies of YTs and online creators being targeted (I have an interest in YouTube, as I attempted to start my own channel, and admire those out there making content. We had discussed fake news on our facebook messenger, thus the link to the Mary Sue site below.)
- Irresponsible misinformation
- Our responsibility
Legacy narrative inital ideas:
In years to come, will anyone still remember Cleopatra? Will anyone know that Winston Churchill was a person, and not that head shaking dog? When we went into this project, we didn’t really consider our legacy—but it’s something we came to terms with after doing our research.
We started the project by researching one another, typing into google only from information we received from our blogs. We didn’t use Facebook, as we had added each other as friends and using the information we had acquired that way would be too easy.
Go into the research all of us did here, which hits what John said about ‘The final presentation should describe your methodology (how you researched the project), a summary of what the team discovered about the members online presence, a reflection on your reaction (were you surprised by anything discovered?) and a possible scenario where the information could be exploited by others.’
Scenario could be us mentioning the case studies I’ve listed above?
I’d really like a cool idea for presenting this work—I know I mentioned the Cluedo game, perhaps the idea of legacy and what we leave behind, the impact we have on this world could result in imagery? I am able to video edit—perhaps all of us can just throw ideas out below about a ‘theme’ for our presentation. I’d like to do something neat, not just slides for presentation. Also, the misinformation we could add to the idea of our legacy—is stuff we gleamed from our research true? Like, in my instance, I don’t live in Naas or Sallins. Will this ‘misinformation’ be all that’s remembered of me?
Mar: Could our ‘possible scenario’ be the misinformation in the end?
Brainstorm ideas for our presentation:
Games/board game idea?
YouTube (like, having the website around a slide?)
Finding a newsroom area in SL and pretending to be news casters giving the false news sset in the future (so archeologists looking into our time?)
I really liked the idea of Cluedo or a news anchor place. I’m glad I mentioned it, even if we didn’t get to use it.
In 100 years time, will anyone still remember Cleopatra? Will anyone know that Winston Churchill was a person, and not that head shaking dog? When we went into this project, we didn’t really consider our legacy—but it’s something we came to terms with after doing our research.
We started the project by investigating one another, using only information present in our blogs. We didn’t use Facebook, as we had added each other as friends and using that information would be too easy.
We discovered the bus that Samya and Dave take on a daily basis, the events I had attended, and my online selling habits.
I had covered my tracks pretty well, in using neighbouring towns for my address on websites like adverts.ie. However, this project made me acutely
aware of how a public identity can be dangerous, when I researched YouTubers
being targeted at their home and events like signings. This research brought us to the topics of online misinformation, information ownership and content creation. As content creators of the future, we have a responsibility to control information and ensure its accuracy. Our ‘digital identity’ is more than a ‘second life’, it is becoming an extension of ourselves, our careers and our successes.
We wondered, is this the digital legacy we will leave? In centuries to come, are these the things that people will remember us for?