I wrote this earlier today and I’m struck by all the ways in which it’s true.
I can’t imagine being a college student and being the subject of ridicule all over the blogosphere. I can’t imagine photos of me turned into memes based on ridiculous things I wrote online that seemed perfectly reasonable when I was 19.
I grew up in the 1990s and there’s pretty much no record of me from that time apart from an occasional picture that someone scanned and put on Facebook. There’s certainly no record of what I was thinking or writing. There’s no chance I’d be able to explain today the poetry of my sophomore year of college if it was online, to say nothing of the unfounded political opinions I know I held.
I spend a fair amount of time talking to my students about the public persona they’re crafting for themselves. But there are some pretty real real-world examples I’ve come across lately that I might have to point out to them when we return to campus in the Fall.