On the mother blog for the Honors Residential College, they use the phrase “Narrate, Curate, Share” to discuss the “why” of blogging.  I hope you’ll read the description (written by our very own Dr. C) http://blogs.is.vt.edu/hrcblogs/about/

It brings up an interesting point to me that is related to my previous blog – how do we make meaning in our lives, and how can technology be a tool in us learning to be more deliberate and deep in our meaning-making?  Often, we may not specifically think about “how” we tell a story, or “how/if” the telling itself will have any effect on how we remember it or any meaning to it we may attach.  Thinking about “narrate, curate, share” adds a degree of intentionality that we may not normally get in our day to day interactions at West End or over the dinner table. It is one of the reasons I also like the concept of ePortfolios as a tool in the classroom for one’s work.  Though there can be some hiccups along the way, it largely engages us with reflecting on what we know/feel/have done and encourages us to figure out how to share that in a way that our intended audience will glean what we want them to glean.

While I do believe that tools like blogging, ePs, and others can truly enhance the way we analyze, sort, and reflect on our many experiences that make us who we are.  However, the online nature also allows us to explore a potentially scary question that we often cannot track in person (unless we have very blunt, honest friends.)  With our stories (narrated, hopefully curated, and shared) up on the web, we can easily study them over a period of time to see what stories our stories tell about who we are, what we believe, and what is important to us.  For example, what do our worldwide trends on twitter say about our culture?  What do they appear to say we as a culture care about most?  What about my Facebook posts.  What story do they tell about me over time?  What would someone who stumbles on only my online identity (potential employer, colleague, friend) deduce about me and would it be the message I want to be sending?

Just some food for thought… I think some healthy “curation” could help us all rather than the binary, on/off, privacy lockdown that often gets discussed (like changing your Facebook name before applying for a job).  What do you think?