Admittedly when the project was given to us, I thought the project would be easy because it is just illustrating our own identity as individuals. Sooner I found out that identity is very volatile, as Richard Jenkins (1996) stated that the ‘identity is often in the eye of the beholder’. When discussing identity, all sorts of sub category comes up within on one word; personal identity, social identity, national identity, ethnic identity, feminist identity, and amongst the others (Sarup, 1996, p1).
The concept of my project is to approach the identity holistically, rather than focusing one area of my identity. I have included my background, the media I consume and my views as an individual to show my personal perception of the self-image of my identity. I also wanted to show how my identity is represented in the public space. In order to define and reflect my individual identity I think, one must explore self-image and public image, ‘individual identity is generated in the relationship which is struck between self-image and public image’ (Jenkins, 1996, p.71).
I have chosen to produce a digital journal. Considering I am doing Publishing, Journalism and Media, including that I like editing different multimedia product, it seems like a good idea to combined both of my interests into one product. Originally I opted to use a blog. In fact I have already started my blog. However, I wasn’t uncomfortable with the fact that I am about to share my identity to public space. Another rational of using a digital journal instead of a blog is you can genuinely express your identity in a form of a journal or a diary, limiting the audience of the diary also limits the anxiety of being judged. In my perception, posting your identity online can be seen as symbolic interaction, as you are posting symbols to represent your identity. Anthony Elliot (2001, p.32) stated that there is strategic manipulation of impressions in everyday life in conceptualizing the self, using symbolic interactions. He also stated that ‘identity might be constructed to adhere to our social roles and validated by social institution (Giddens, 2001, p.32).
Concurrently, I also wanted to take this opportunity to improve my skills in using various editing softwares in the process of compiling this digital journal. The concept of my digital journal is to make it as intimate as a journal or a diary, but the appearance and format will be in a form a magazine.
I have chosen the appearance of my digital journal to look like a magazine because of the simple reason that I enjoy making and looking at magazines, in producing this journal, in a way I am also reflecting my interest.
The digital journal or diary that I have made reflects my personality to an extent. The digital journal shows my personality or my identity on basic levels. It shows the things that influences and affected me as person. I have combined text and pictures to convey my personality. The structure the...