(image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/Rembrandt_van_Rijn_184.jpg)
Rembrandt, c. 1629. Master of selfies

  • Blogging one's way to identity? blogging one's identity? The identity that one constructs as a blogger?
  • Networked identity: You are who you are in a network of others who are who they are.
  • Representation of a self? Or presentation? Or maybe performance?
  • Do we conflate self-representation with identity?
  • Who are you this time? Or are you you over time?

Blogging Identity

Blogging a self?
Blogging as self?

This week gives you an opportunity to think about the selves you are constructing by blogging, the media with which you are constructing those selves, who else is involved, and what happens next. If you want to go more into depth on identity construction, there are books.

Activity

Exercise: Before you start reading: Self-portrait post: Make a blog post that represents yourself or a self. Might be a selfie with comment. Might be a current or old photo of you taken by some else. Might be an alternate way of representing a self: a description or image of significant object or place ... Might be a list or image of a collection of stuff. Or a collection or list of what you done, what you've studied, accomplishments: a CV, for instance. Image and text. Diagram. Drawing. Text alone. Image alone. Sound. Timid? Me too. But I found a way to work with this exercise. Due Weds, midnight.

Readings

Rettberg chapter 1 of Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves. PDF of complete book.

Social media is about communication with others, but ... we [also] use social media to reflect upon ourselves. Creating and sharing a selfie is an act of self-representation ... it involves the creation of texts which will be read and interpreted. A selfie also exists in a social context, once shared. But just as importantly, creating and sharing a selfie or a stream of selfies is a form of self-reflection and self- creation (p 12)

Optional: Chap 3 is also good for this week.

Rettberg Representation or Presentation, blog post. If you post to Instagram, Twitter, FB, your blog, that post becomes an artifact that can and will and maybe must be read as a semiotic, meaningful text. Self-represestations circulate freely.

Simply Zesty Why social media is leading to a new era of identity. Identity as seen from the perspective of a marketing and branding company.

Social media has afforded us a unique opportunity to build a very visible, permanent record of ourselves, albeit through a digital medium. It is, in a way (though many may argue against it), re-inventing the notion of identity, with far-reaching consequences.... Here is a summation of our lives to this date, for as much as we want to share. And remember that we are just at the beginning since it's a record of our identity for as long as social media has existed.

Activity

Exercise: Part 2: Now that you've read. Make a second blog post that represents yourself or a self. As above: Might be a selfie with comment. Might be a current or old photo of you taken by some else. Might be an alternate way of representing a self: a description or image of significant object or place ... Might be a list or image of a collection of stuff. Or a collection or list of what you done, what you've studied, accomplishments: a CV, for instance. Image and text. Diagram. Drawing. Text alone. Image alone. Sound.

Weekly reflection. Consider what you did in your self-portraits: How went about composing them? What you used? What the limits were? Apprehensive or excited? Consider especially how your self-portrait posts connect to the ideas of Rettberg and Zesty.

Deadlines
We'll discuss your work when we meet next.




Notes and Other Documents

A central issue we might consider / speculate on / play with is How a blog might be used to construct self-identity, as Zesty suggests. What use? What affordances? Where name and domain intersect. Gravity. The position and function of the network.

list re: chap 1 of Seeing Ourselves


Issues


Social network theory


Publicly articulated relationships


readings on deck






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