FIRST SCREEN NAMES

FIRST SCREEN NAMES

Start by clicking the names at the top of the buddylist. They load first.

[you can X out the windows and the buddylist drags]

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The video interviews were conducted by recording my phone’s screen while posing the question to strangers on the livestreaming app, Periscope. They could not see me.

Asking a child to represent themselves publicly with less than 20 characters yields varied and often deeply personal stories.

I’m interested in the motivations behind creating online identities both in the past and now. In the late 90’s creating an online identity or screen name meant something very different than it does now. Today, one’s online identity becomes fused to their personhood. The sense of freedom and exploration I felt in the online chatrooms of my childhood has fallen out of focus.