The Curated Self

Posted by on August 12, 2017 7:19 am
Categories: Curation Media

Through the ongoing process of organizing content and media elements which create personal profiles, social media users inadvertently curate versions of themselves. Social media turns users into curators as they create distinct incarnations that are separate, yet become the objectified digital presentation of one’s physical self. Personal curation is content primarily for oneself, a social curation is content for interaction with friends, family and acquaintances, spectacle curation is content for strangers and authorities to evaluate, and a business curation is content for the furthering of professional interests.  Social media makes self-curators of users by its very function in the distribution of online media content.
With people constantly adding to, tinkering with, amending, reinventing and fragmenting the components that constitute their identity in digital terms (think everything from individual tweets to Instagram photos), they themselves are becoming curators of how their ‘virtual self’ appears to the world.


it’s almost as if people are able to control the path and character development of the protagonist in the narrative of their own lives. Human beings always love a good story, we always have done, and being able to steer the main character (think of each tweet, shared photo, blog entry etc as a new sentence, paragraph or plot twist that drives the narrative further forward) is irresistible.


Robert Louis Stevenson once said: “There is but one art – to omit”.

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Mind-reading Technology Speeds Ahead (Scientific American)
“Jack Gallant perches on the edge of a swivel chair in his lab at the University of California, Berkeley, fixated on the screen of a computer that is trying to decode someone’s thoughts.”

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