Kevin P. Mahan

Humanizing the Computersphere

A connector that gets ultimate joy when solving human challenges with technology. I love learning, soccer, volunteering and simple efficiency. Welcome to my online business card.

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I strive to be the same person online and in real life. Let's connect on any of the above. I believe peppering every human experience with amazement and awesome is one of the greatest human gifts we have and exactly what our increasing digital world craves.

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Anticipation

The chance of light

The anticipation of His coming. Our Advent. Wonder at the change His perfect life will bring into our broken world and broken lives. This is our Christmas. Our anticipation. 

"…Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
John 3:19-21

But it would be wrong to say that we’re simply being ourselves online, pure and unfiltered. Most of us aren’t catfishing, or creating fictional characters, but we are probably spinning our lives to some extent. In their study ‘Identity Construction on Facebook’ (2008), published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, Shanyang Zhao and fellow sociologists at Temple University in Philadelphia found that user profiles were not strictly identical with the users’ offline identities, but were rather the identities they would like to establish in the offline world, but have not yet been able to. This illustrates how the online identity that most of us use is, to borrow a phrase from the American philosopher Stanley Cavell, our ‘next self’. Dress your avatar for the life you want, not the life you have.

Patrick Stokes at Aeon Magazine

(Source: 99u.com)

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