jump to navigation

Word to the wise 12 April 2010

Posted by Not JCVD in Reflection.
trackback

Nothing in this post is or should be new to anyone, but it’s about a fact that we as digital media-ites often push to the back of our minds: the web is a permanent record of our lives.

I had a job interview recently that went well enough that I met with my potential boss for a second time. Half-way through the meeting, he mentioned that he had listened to my podcast and enjoyed it.

“Podcast?” I thought, “I’ve never put out a podcast.”

Only I have: one single, poorly-recorded podcast created for a class during my first quarter in the MCDM program. And he found it. It’s been almost a year since I broadcast it to the world, and I’ve already forgotten about it.

But the Internet hasn’t forgotten. If he’s heard my podcast, he’s read my tweets, watched the silly movies I uploaded to YouTube as tests, and can probably can tell me what my cat’s name is from my Flickr Account– and knows that I am embarrassingly obsessed with her.

In this situation, the pervasiveness of the Internet worked to my advantage. I clam up in interviews, coming off as devoid of personality and emotion. My internet life showed this potential boss that I have personality beyond just what he’s seen, and that he should take a chance on me.

Still, it served as a reminder that everything I put out can come back to haunt me. If you’re looking for immortality, publish content online.

Advertisements

Comments»

No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: