So much for regular posting. Really, I had the best of intentions, but a few things have consipired against me. Number one? The Tour de France. I was addicted and spent far too much time over the past couple of weeks watching it live. Floyd Landis' comeback ride was one of the most amazing things I have seen. What an athlete! Second? The heat. It has been over 90 degrees here for the last two weeks and I don't have AC. So every time I sit at the computer, my body temp rises and I feel horrible. So I have been spending much of my time sitting in front of a fan reading vs. conversing with you. Please forgive me!
Update on Digital Identity Work
My reading has been very interesting indeed. Right now, I am working my way through The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque by Gilles Deleuze. What does that have to do with digital identity, you might ask? Well, in order for me to answer the question, "what does it mean to be human in a digital age" (at the core of digital identity, of course), I have to figure out what Being Human means. I am, after all, pursuing a philosophy degree. So, on the advice of my wonderful thesis seminar teacher, I have taken a headlong dive into ontology: from Hegel to Derrida to Deleuze, with detours to Nietschze, Leibniz, Heidegger, etc. Coming soon: Jean-Luc Nancy. (I won't link to all of these folks now, you can find them on Wikipedia, of course.)
There is something incredibly liberating (and naughty, almost, in this day and age) in asking questions like, "What is it to be human?" and "What is freedom?" Because when you start to think about these things, your assumptions immediately pop up. The trick is to recognize them, question them, and figure out why you believe the things you do. In my case, I have discovered that much of my belief is based on instinct, which doesn't cut it in a thesis! So I am seeking proof for my beliefs. And, quite happily, I am finding it in absolutely beautiful and rather mind-bending descriptions of Dynamic Being, Multiplicity, Plurality and Monads.
Once I construct my foundation, I will have a much stronger primary thesis, which runs something along the lines that digital identity is an authentic part of being human, not something separate or less-than. In fact, I have come to the position that is is utterly natural, and inevitable. But more on that later!
So, please be patient as I battle heat waves, ontology and other distractions. As it is, it quite honestly will be closer to September as to when I am really back on track with regular postings.