Seeing Ourselves Through Technology

Hindi Elmi

ENGL 1117-36-37


03 October 2019

For centuries, humans have been documenting themselves. The first self portrait was painted in 1524, by Parmigianino. This set off a trend of self portraiture until now. This can be seen anywhere from paintings to selfies. Although its not as common to see in paintings, the advancements of technology.  Aside from photographs and paintings, people have also kept written accounts and self documentation. The first known autobiography is Augustine’s Confessions. Writing Autobiographies and Diaries became a norm by the late eighteenth century. Self-representation has taken many forms since then, such as blogs, Instagram, and Facebook posts. Self-representation allows people to document themselves in any way they please.

While self documentation has evolved, people tend to all want the same outcome in the end: to portray themselves in a way that glorifies them. Online, we are able to “filter” or change the way they are seen by the world. Although this sometimes only applies to physical appearance of a photo, people often times only show the most optimal part of themselves online. Through self-documentation people oftentimes alter the way their character is portrayed.

2 replies to “Seeing Ourselves Through Technology

  1. First of all a nice summary of the key points! The same I think people tend to present positive pictures of themselves, which in the end do not well represent the true stories.


  2. I like all the examples you gave of self representation! I especially liked your idea of altering not only appearance but character too. “Although this sometimes only applies to physical appearance of a photo, people often times only show the most optimal part of themselves online.” You’ve got some really nice thoughts!


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