Digital people

I’ve taken to denoting digital people by writing “people” in quotes.

Digital people are fake people that real people create to interact with other “people” on the internet.

It’s a persona that takes on characteristics the real person doesn’t have. For example, the “person” might feel more strongly about certain sorts of issues, speak in a certain way, act in a certain way, take on a certain tone, and so on. They become a product of the digital community they’re a part of, often sunk deep within some version of a clean culture.

Digital people are what emerge when:

  1. Expression is limited by the digital medium.
  2. Expression is limited by strong top-down regulation forcing conformation to platform social standards.
  3. Expression is limited by strong bottom-up social pressures arising from the first two limitations.