Our radical connectivity leaves us carrying a ‘self’ in many different spaces, but not necessarily the same ‘self’ into each.
There are many views on how this works: some would claim that there is a ‘you’, a pilot that sits behind your eyes, who makes a calculated guess which ‘self’ to play in each sequential space. Others would say that ‘self’ is a performance in the moment, and that there is no pilot: we are simply aggregation, the story told, by all these ‘selves’ over time.
I doubt that the act of curation is an act of choice per se: or rather i suspect that we do make conscious choices as to how we ‘turn up’, but that these are probably laid over intuitive decisions our brain makes before we have a say.
I think that we often take quite a naive view of this process: perhaps viewing the ‘self’ more like a set of clothes that we choose from a wardrobe than a complex narrative we construct around ourself. The act of choosing which ‘self’ we bring is presumably at least partly a protective one: avoiding the possibility of judgement, censure, or exclusion.
I don’t have anywhere particular to take this thought, beyond the obvious: it’s likely that in the context of the Social Age we are more connected, in more spaces, and hence perhaps more ‘selves’ in more spaces too: perhaps our stories are becoming more sprawling, complex, or fragmented?