We all wear masks…metaphorically speaking

Commedia dell’arte is known as the first form of professional theatre. An ancient greek theatre practice, performed in an amphitheater which comprised of the same stock characters every performance. These stock characters were easily distinguishable, entertaining and known and loved by the audience.

They were distinguished by the use of masks, as many actors played them in many places across a long period of time. Each mask was vibrant and bold, noticeably portraying a different character.

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Commedia dell’arte character masks 

I know what you’re thinking, these masks are F***ing terrifying. I totally agree. That orange one will definitely give me nightmares tonight.

In case you’re wondering why I’m talking about ancient greek theatre, which most people probably are. In fact, you’re probably wondering that at the beginning of all my blog posts, let me explain.

These masks were a way of distinguishing a public persona, and making this persona known to the audience. Isn’t this in a way, similar to our online persona?

For our online persona is kind of like a mask, we may hide behind it or thrive with it. But it’s a form of ourselves we are purposely trying to convey. The persona we want everyone to see and know, just like a mask.

Original meme 

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8 thoughts on “We all wear masks…metaphorically speaking”

  1. Great Blog post, Online Persona’s quite often are not a true and just reflection of our real Persona’s. Whether this be because we want to be someone we aren’t or enjoy the ability to hide behind a ‘mask’ as highlighted by your meme. Your hyperlinks gave me some great extra information to understand where you were going with your analogy. Further explanation could be helpful into the persona idea but with a word limit this can be extremely difficult and I think you have done a great job. Great image use for the meme, does the concept justice with a well known still image from a movie.

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  2. Hey! I liked this post a lot, the remediation is really good and relevant to this weeks topic! The thorough use of hyperlinks were excellent as they allowed me to further explore this weeks topic, they help to add more information as the posts are so short! However, it would have been nice if you could have expanded on how we really do have a “mask” online, but i understand how difficult this is with the 150 word limit!
    Here is an article i think you might like to check out! https://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2015/sep/24/online-offline-personality-digital-identity

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    1. Hey, I’ll just add on to your comment! Much like those ancient, physical masks we embody a mask through Tumblr, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook. We convey an intentional projection towards the public via this mask and we only project what we want the audience to see. It’s debatable whether this is authentic or inauthentic self, but that’s a philosophy matter! This link has a thorough explanation of the philosophy behind ‘authenticity’ of oneself.

      https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/authenticity/

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  3. Hey, i really liked how you related our lecture to ancient masks used in theatre and compared it to our online personas. It was a really good idea how you compared communication and entertainment tools in history to more modern tools for these purposes. The way you discussed how we all hide behind a masks also reflects how it has always been within human nature to censor ourselves in history. You could also compare this theory to what people dressed up as and if that reflected maybe how they actually wanted to be perceived by the audience.

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