I enjoyed this exercise. The mapping exercise has me asking myself, who am I on the internet? I like to call this “a journey to digital self-awareness.”
I am now aware that my online presence is primarily focused on my personal and visitor quadrants, as reflected in my tension map. My online activity consists of a lot of media consumption. Google is where I spend most of my days, reading news articles, finding solutions to problems, learning how to fix things and, of course, shopping. Spotify is where I get my music and podcast fix. My evenings are filled with an overabundance of streaming video content (YouTube, Amazon, Plex, Apple TV, Netflix…)
The institutional/ residential quadrant includes online tools that help me with my teaching practice. I utilize WebEx to host and record my classes, Zoom for work meetings, Slack for communication and collaboration with students and staff, and LinkedIn for connecting students with employers. Other than in relation to my work, I have no other motivations to contribute online.
On reflection, more questions come to mind: Why do I contribute to my online presence out of pure necessity? (i.e., only for work). Should my philosophies and values in the physical world transfer to a digital landscape? Do I not contribute because of the insecurities of public opinion? How much do I trust the internet?
Ultimately, I would like to change my online behaviour and become more of a contributor and less of an observer – less of a taker and more of a giver. It looks like LRT521 is steering me in the right direction.