Identity is not one thing: someone may identify as woman, straight, black, political, conservative, a lover of death metal, cheese aficionado and X Files-junkie all at once.
If you have ever been online, there’s a good chance that you may have actively cultivated a very specific identity: on Facebook or Instagram; when creating an online dating profile; when playing a MMORPG; while participating in a forum; when blogging.
Who are you online? Do you go by a different name? How do you express yourself? Do you travel in different circles, engage with an online community which is different from your offline life?
How do you look online? Do you look like your physical self, or are you a fictional character? Does your online self have a particular dress style? Do you identify as a specific race, gender or sexual orientation when you are online? Do you endorse certain brands or engage in particular activities which illustrate your identity?
Who are we?
The Online Identity Project was started by Virginia Streit, who has a long-held fascination for digital cultures and posthumanism. In 2015 she completed a Master’s Degree in Communication, during which her research focused on identity building in online dating environments and MMORPGs.
The Online Identity Project is not affiliated with any academic institution or corporation, nor is it run by journalists, or professional researchers. This not-for-profit initiative was born out of curiosity about what makes our online environments so diverse and vibrant, and perhaps as an antidote to suggestions about the negative implications of technology on our society.
We are seeking participants who are willing to submit their identity-building experiences to us via the below form, or – even better – answer some questions about their online identity/ies. Interviews and submissions of text and visuals (photographs, avatars, game character screenshots, illustrations, etc) will be published publicly on this website to form a visual collage and illustrate the diversity of identity online.
The Online Identity Project is part visual art project and part investigation into online society and culture. It is an opportunity to express yourself.
Fill in the form below to take part!