Social Networking: Online vs Offline Identities

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Tom Marvolo Riddle from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series had stored parts of his soul into different inanimate objects called horcruxes, which caused him to lose control of himself and become the infamous, Lord Voldemort. This gave him the ability to live even though his physical body was gone and his soul continued to thrive in his set of carefully selected objects, patiently waiting for the right time to strike. While the world of Harry Power is only a work of fiction, social networking sites have given some ordinary persons the ability to create their own set of horcruxes, not through inanimate objects but through various social networking accounts. Through these modern horcruxes, people can divide the different personalities they…show more content…
Laurel is also eighteen-year-old “Brenda B” who has several level eighty characters in the widely popular massively multi-player game called World of Warcraft. She can be seen in game at least twenty hours a week. In real-life Laurel is a copywriter with a long list of customers who receive short messages about her availability via her twitter account. She is respected in the professional copywriting community because she has never missed a deadline and will take on emergency work and finish the task on time. Another one is John Santos (2013) who hides behind an online persona who tweets about a mysterious disaster gets out of control as his online persona takes over his life. John tweets on what was supposed to be a flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport back to his hometown in Cebu. His tweets grew increasingly frantic as he began detailing an emerging mysterious disaster. Over the course of the next few days he continued this narrative and finally after four days of such tweets he deletes his Twitter account. The whole story was made up but what John didn’t expect was that some of the people who followed him tracked him down, in real life. What had begun as a tightly scripted story about paranoia and conspiracy had leaked into his daily life. The next example is Vien, a 15-year old teenager who sends out at least a hundred tweets a
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