Handwritten Stories in a Digital Age: PostSecret.com and More

As I consider various digital tools to use in my classroom and for my classes, I’m fascinated by how we choose to represent ourselves online (sometimes referred to as one’s “personal brand”). I found this post just after reading a ThoughtCatalog piece about how personal branding is “killing our individuality” (linked below). My thoughts are muddled with these juxtaposed views, but these two popular pieces, both circulated digitally, really illustrate the kinds of arguments I love to ponder on a daily basis.

“How Self-Branding is Killing Our Individuality”

The WordPress.com Blog

In our digital age, we interact with new technologies each day, yet some of us also pine for the past: we cherish handwritten things and value — even fetishize — physical objects. Posts like “Diaries and Connections to the Past” and “Found Objects and Books” reveal a collective nostalgia.

Consider a diary hidden in a shoebox. Postcards from your best friend, traveling around the world. Or a stack of letters from a secret lover. We view messages crafted by hand as more personal and meaningful — check out Cristina Vanko’s handwritten texts as modern-day snail mail. Words from our pens stand the test of time, and are viewed as more intimate — and meant to be shared and carefully considered by you, the reader.

PostSecret: Now on WordPress.com

We’re happy to announce that PostSecret, founded by Frank Warren, has made its home on WordPress.com as one of our newest

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