The culture of naming
A thought popped in my head just now about naming. In this post-digital, web. 2.0, blog, whateveryouwanttocallit world, we all seem to have alter egos. Pen names. Mine is obviously Fluvial. But think about it: we have Livejournal names and listserve names and Playa names (Burning Man reference) all in an attempt to differentiate ourselves from the roar of the crowds.
I’d have to ask my parents, but I’m thinking that ordinary people taking on ‘other names’ is new which is perhaps why most handles for folks over the age of 40 are usually very generic like ‘jsmith8745’ …..because there were 8744 other ‘jsmith’s online.
I could be walking a dangerous line of age politics but hey, it’s my blog.
I tried to find a study out there that had some insight but came up empty handed. Any of you have any input on the subject?