As an introduction, I am going to start with a quote by Marshall McLuhan;
In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium - that is, of any extension of ourselves - result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology.
I am not new to blogging. I have had several blogs which I hopped around since 2003 where the original blogger was at its peak. Every girl friend of mine had one, and boys who wanted to impress others with their knowledge of HTML, kept one too.
My knowledge of blogs remain at tagboards, fanciful HTML gadgets that allowed your mouse to spring glitter each time you clicked on something, or music that you couldn't turn off unless you "hacked" the source code of the page. My knowledge of blogs moved on to Livejournal, Deadjournal and Wordpress. My knowledge of blogs, hence educated me on the importance on online privacy, where each of us with blogs with the function that hides our posts away from the public's eye, will do it for "exclusivity". Want to view my blog? Well, you had better be on my good books.
Today when I look at blogs, including Cookie's, I can't deny that my knowledge of blogs is somewhat obsolete. Blogs have come such long way to become what it is today; an advertising platform. Self-expression has blatantly turned into an online personality, self-marketing mechanism. The more people whom I don't know, reads my blog, the better.
My name is Serena. My closer friends call me Kwan, the last Chinese character for my name. I just graduated as a Graphic Designer from Lasalle. In school, we touched on issues that interest design; sociology, philosophy, psychology etc. After all, how the world looks today, largely based on how everything's been designed, is a reflection of who we are as a society, right? Graphic designers are a curious bunch. Introverts or extroverts, we find our means to connect ourselves to this world. Interestingly enough, we are also intrigued by all sorts of things that disconnects us from this world. Blogging, happens to allow both. Writing and publishing comforts us as it gives the freedom to talk about what we are feeling at this very moment, and reach out to many others, whom we call "readers". Well, pardon for my rudeness, but I can only say hello to you readers out there through the use of pixels and the Internet.
I think my manifesto (if I even have one to begin with) to blogging to a fresh bunch of audience would be to promise that I will stay truest to myself as possible. No, I am not going to reveal my credit card details over the Internet, but I promise you, what you read on Cookie's blog is who I am as how my friends know me as.
The only problem is, how real are we towards our friends? In fact, do we really remember who we really are? Or perhaps it is a myth, the "true-self". Isn't who we are, what we are exposed to? Well, I don't know. Why don't you leave a comment on your perception of "real-self" below this blog post and share with me?