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Bethany Patch

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In a modern globalised world, how do you build or adapt your identity?

Bauman (Identity in the Globalizing World; 2001) writes that 'needing to become what one is is the feature of modern living'.
What means do you use to become yourself? Are they represented offline, online, or both? How do you build your identity? Is it easier or harder to maintain an identity when so much of our lives is online?


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  • Aug 19 2013: I develop software and it is interesting to watch a program change as people realize the possibilities. Unfortunately this only happens once the project hits version 3. Version 1 and 2 are simply wrong because it is not possible to see version 3 until version 1 and 2 are completed. This is what I mean about being wrong and not knowing it.

    It is the same with people, they do their best but a lot of what they do is mistaken. The good news is that out all those mistakes comes order. The bad news is that right now most new projects and people are thinking in version 1 or 2.
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      Aug 21 2013: Hi Fraser,
      Yes I love this idea/comparison/analogy! Thank goodness we are able to learn from our mistakes. The realisation that you will learn something from every situation is a very important one, in my opinion.

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