Rebecca Black is an overnight millionaire due to her song “Friday” being available for download on iTunes. She was hoping for fame when recording the song and video, but gained publicity for unexpected reasons. It has been called, “the worst song every written.” With Lyrics such as “we, we, we so excited, we so excited.” and “I got this, you got this, now you know it.”, it is no wonder it has hit the top 100 songs on iTunes. Although this particular venture of hers brought her into the spotlight, her future achievements could be overshadowed by her past mistake (mistake in that it will alter her future, it was actually quite successful in the monetary sense). There have been many parodies made by which they are mocking the video and lyricism, all the while they are further propelling her success.
Her digital identity is forever altered by the choice to post the video. It is said “off the record” now that many employers looking into hiring will take into consideration the applicant’s digital presence. Any Facebook, Twitter, or other social media accounts will be people’s windows into your personal and professional life. It is so important to be wise in what you choose to connect yourself to online. Unfortunately, people do not always have the best discretion when it comes to publishing subject matter.
As a future teacher, I know that I not only need to be careful and critical of every word or image I place online, but also the things that could possibly placed online by others. The teachers in winnipeg that were caught simulating a striptease act did not think that their actions would leave the gymnasium; however, with the advancement of mobile technology the actions were filmed on cell phones, uploaded to Youtube. They were then suspended from teaching and lost almost all credibility as educators.
It is important to make sure you have control over your digital identity. That is the true moral of these stories. We need to be careful in what we, and others, say and do about ourselves.
Do you have a positive digital identity? How important do you feel it is to have twitter as a part of your online presence?
Thanks for reading 🙂