Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Obligatory First Post

As it is written in chapter 1 of K&R:

"Hello, World!"

And the world and all the things in it were brought into being. But that's just my digital side taking advantage of me, a common problem for a natural born geek, and also the reason for the naming of this blog. 'Dyplex', is just a take on the word 'Duplex' combined with my name: 'Dylan'. Duplex means many things in different contexts, but the most simple of these is like the one found on wikipedia:

"Duplex is the having of two principal elements or parts."

In my case, the thing that is duplicate is myself, or at least my whole self. I must admit to you that I have a split identity, but not of the medical or mentally unstable variety. I have a physical identity and a digital identity. Those who spend a lot of time online will recognize what I am talking about, but for the unitiated it can come as somewhat of a shock.

Aren't the physical and digital identity the same thing? In most people, yes. But in those of us who spend sufficient time on the internet, they might as well be 2 different people. On a similar note, spending time on the internet is the root cause for the development of a digital identity. Symptoms of developing the digital identity include: repetitive visits to social networking sites such as myspace or facebook, community based news sites such as slashdot or digg, and remembering more passwords and logins than you could ever imagine possible.

Is a digital identity a bad thing? Hmmmm... trick question. If you are using your digital identity to deceive it is generally a bad thing, and often such use of a digital identity is considered petty fraud. But if you are using your digital identity to collaborate and give back to the internet and its rapidly expanding community then a digital identity is just as healthy as having a physical identity. Us geeks often get harassed about having such an active digital identity and a less active physical identity but we are more concerned about the well being of the internet community than what others think of us.

And so now, I end this post by remembering those duplexed people, that have suffered for what we have today: a lively internet community, one where I can hop on the internet and whip up this blog within a few minutes. One where sharing and respect are important themes and where all voices are heard. But enough with wishy washy talk of the past, we have so much to look forward to! So much to do! So don't be afraid about spending too much time on the internet and developing a digital identity yourself. It has nothing to do with being a geek anymore, it has to do with what you want the internet to look like in the future. So get out there and tell people!


At 3:27 AM, Blogger papavb said...

hee hee.


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