The New Mirror?

If you put up a mirror to my Pinterest page, you’d see the kinds of things that make me tick. And with that comes the things I like to wear, read and listen to, the places I want to go, the people I look up to and more. In contrast, my Facebook profile has none of this. It’s funny: without all of Facebook’s privacy settings, I seem to be more open with the information I provide. I see Pinterest as more of a reflection of myself

(From "Pinterest: foraging as a reflection of the self" by Michael Litman at The Kernel)

Perhaps a corollary to the dissolving mirror, the co-creation of person and profile? I've been interested in the idea of curation-as-creation for awhile, but maybe what we're creating when we juxtapose recycled images of Brooklyn hipsters on fixies with recycled images of girls with loosely braided hair modeling chambray shirts is not (just) a story but (also) an identity, a more unidirectional sense of self than the one we present with a profile.

I've been resisiting Pinterest, by the way. I requested and received an invitation to join sometime last year, but I could never bring myself to follow through with it. It's not an objection so much as a kind of laziness, or maybe a sense of feeling full: enough is enough, I don't need this thing too, I don't need this one thin mint after all. But there's something else: I'm quite enjoying the sensation of not knowing (or, rather, not knowing firsthand, not knowing from my own memory and experiences) what all the fuss is about. I wonder if this is what the future looks like (I know, I hate when people say that too): different internets. Everyone's got a different version of what "online" is, like everyone's got a different version of the same city (or even multiple different versions of the same city), like everyone's got a different mental map that overlays the map in the atlas, the map on Google.

But hey, who knows, who can say, really.