So my brother and his friend Bruno have been passing this little gem around
, and it's been having me thinking.
Sometimes I like this blog as a place to let go. It also helps me keep in contact with some friends that don't often use something like Facebook, or don't participate in my forums, or I just can't get hold of any other way.
But I'm not too certain I should keep it since there's a lot of dumb and regretful stuff on here. Plus, while I'd be afraid of losing contact with people, I'd like to encourage them to participate in my website and forum instead of my live journal. If I need to let some steam loose, just send an e-mail or something. I feel I have the need for an audience, and that certainly shows when you Google my name (actually what shows is if you make an account on The Escapist, it follows pretty much every single Themis Media website out there...also, somewhere out there is another Chris Cesarano...and sadly, GamerTagged is on page two of Google :( ).
There's nothing too incriminating and this blog doesn't show up on Google, but that doesn't mean I'm safe. In fact, I don't think there's anything incriminating, but who knows. I googled my full name, my last name, and my typical user name. The worst thing to come up is the fact that I'm a member of GirlGamer.com (which, if you really want to know, I joined because I was thinking of doing a Podcast at the time and if I ever wanted to tackle the topic of girls and video games I wanted to have females on board. The community isn't too bad). I'd say the best thing is the discover of this picture
, which I'm actually partial to.
Nonetheless, I'm wondering if I shall at the very least delete this blog and start a new one that has less of an immature history.
My brother wasn't too happy about the article, though. To him, it's an invasion of privacy. There's a separation between one's personal life and their social life. In some ways he's right, especially since he and I have been raised to make sure we are formal, respectful and work hard in a professional setting.
Most people aren't, however. Especially in Western culture in terms of my generation (and I really do mean my generation). Kids are a lot more laid back and relaxed with less of a sense of holding back during formal settings. Everything must be fun and entertaining.
I don't think that it's right to the extent that it's done, but at the same time I can see the necessity. I mean, we're living in an era where teenagers are regularly taking photos of themselves shirtless or spilling cleavage and planting them on MySpace for all to see. Actually, did I say teenagers? Because there are people my age, mid-twenties, still doing that.
When I was a teenager I spilled out thoughts here that were pretty incriminating and very
private. Sometimes I still do, though I may not realize it since I'm a very open person. However, if someone has graduated College and is still putting that sort of material out there for people to see, what does it say of themselves? Their self-respect? Their attitude? Oddly enough, it says a lot of things other than "I think I'm a sexy person".
Additionally, we've had a lot of issues with people breaking Non-Disclosure Agreements in this country. People blog about work, projects they work on, or complain about their employer. In fact, the following image pretty much speaks volumes of the average American graduate:
If we were like Japan and could
separate our professional lives from our social ones, then yes, maybe companies would be over-stepping their bounds by Googling potential employees. I feel as if I could be judged by my thoughts on video games or a joke I made in my comic when I'm applying for a web development job that has nothing to do with either. At the same time, when people come home from work they complain about it or discuss what they love and are working on. Sometimes this is a bad thing
, depending on the person. This is where it becomes important to see what sort of presence they have online.
Which makes me wonder if mine is positive or negative. I'm a member of a lot of game related sites. Does that say anything bad? What about my websites?
Speaking of which, in addition to catching up on Flash CS3 and learning ActionScript 3, I need to start working on redesigning my website. It's a jumbled mess of code, doesn't validate and is just disorganized. Plus, I've realized that, since no one is joining the forum, I may as well add front page comments...unfortunately I didn't build the site with that in mind.
So I figure make it wider, go with a more standard width of 960 pixels and have more organized, documented and planned code so if I ever want to make changes it's more like sliding something into a filing cabinet rather than gluing it on with Elmer's.
Hurray for so many things I want to do.