Class Time and Readings: 3.8.’17

Class Notes:

Blog about “13, Right Now: This is What it’s Like to Grow Up in the Age of Likes, LOLs, and Longing”  (J. Contrera, Washington Post, May 25, 2016)  and “Digital Identities: Six Key Selves of Networked Publics,”  (B. Stewart, The Theory Blog, May 6, 2012)

Answer Questionnaire by the end of Spring Break

Video Notes: Digital Identity Practices

What resonates with you and how you use social media?  I suppose that the performative self and the branded self are descriptive of me. I tend to post things that i think are funny, that I think show off my abilities, and that raise social-justice issues. But I do not entirely understand all these different selves and how they separate from each other. Where would body-positivity fall? Hobby based posts? social-justice and current-event involvement? What about religion or just nothing but meme  posts? Where does the person who posts nothing about themselves but tons of memes fall!? I am a bit confused about how anyone meets a signal standard and how we would not fall under all of them.

What can you relate to the Washington Post article about Katherine? I think Katherine would fall into which ever identity is the most contrived. I was absolutely amazed at how she formulated her whole online presence around how she appeared to others with the goal of getting likes. I have always used my profiles as sort of an archive. It seems that the purpose of social media has changed from cataloging your life online (as it was in 2009 – 2013 when I was active) to a 25-photo-or-less description of a person.

Which key self that she mentions might be the most foreign to you? Again, I do not really understand the key selves. However, I can identify online habits that I do not understand. My primary one is the desire to beautify your image or sexualize yourself. Today, this is often done through twerking, dancing, or selfies. Let me be very clear though, I do not mean to say that these are not valid forms of self expression. The people who do these things are talented, very knowledgeable of advanced technology, and absolutely beautiful. I mean only to say that I have never felt comfortable portraying myself through those same mediums. Whichever key self covers that need to appear attractive or sexy would be foreign to me.

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