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[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_paintings_by_Rembrandt#/media/File: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 [[http://jilltxt.net/books/Seeing-Ourselves-Through-Technology-full-book.pdf | 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: [[http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9781137476661.0005 | Chap 3 is also good for this week.]]

**Rettberg** [[http://jilltxt.net/?p=4405 | 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** [[https://www.simplyzesty.com/blog/article/january-2012/why-social-media-is-leading-to-a-new-era-of-identity | 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**
- Deadline for first self-portrait: Weds, 1 Feb, midnight
- Deadline for second self-portriat: Sun, 5 Feb, midnight
- Deadline for reflection: Mon, 6 Feb, midnight.

We'll discuss your work when we meet next.

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==== 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.

- selfies?
- interviews?
- consideration of ideas of identity?
- professional identity
- ...

=== list re: chap 1 of //Seeing Ourselves// ===
- self-portraiture
- diaries. shared not locked away. education
- writing about self as self-improvement. self-examination.
- in secular tradition, reflection and commonplace books. transcendentalism in the American tradition.
- memoir en media res
- self-improvement, eg Franklin
- Cindy Sherman: not self-portraits but acting. Rettberg: Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.
- Identity is a performance.
- self-documentatiom (never neutral): Fentron.com
- reflection of self
- role and use of images
- role and use of the social in the social network
- role and use of the extended record
- reading as text and reading as self-expression

=== Issues ===
- authenticity
- re-invention of the self
- public and private selves
- creation of identities by external agents.

=== Social network theory ===
- strong and weak ties
- how information circulates in a network
- how new information is brought into a network
- what links signify
- networks are about sharing of information: a community of interest
- as differentiate from closed social networks

=== Publicly articulated relationships ===
- performance aspect to social networking
- 4 characteristics of online social spaces

=== readings on deck ===
- [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Presentation_of_Self_in_Everyday_Life | The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life]], Erving Goffman. We create a social self by everyday performance. 1956.
- [[http://lifestreamblog.com/lifelogging/ Lifestream Blog]], Life-logging and the Quantified Self. "Lifelogging is ... tracking personal data generated by our own behavioral activities. ... Lifelogging tracks personal activity data like exercising, sleeping, and eating. ... The Quantified Self movement takes the aspect of simply tracking the raw data to try and draw correlations and ways to improve our lives from it."
- [[http://mashable.com/2014/03/20/lifelogging-experiment/#0Qzo.tfUGEqr Lifelogging: The Most Miserable, Self-Aware 30 Days I Ever Spent]].
- [[http://feltron.com Feltron.com]], Nicholas Felton. 10 lifelogging annual reports.

- [[http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2012/07/10/templated-identity-construction/ Templated Identity Construction]]. Can you define identity by template? Many of us //can//. But what do you do when you don't fit the template?

- [[http://umw.domains/about/ A Domain of One's Own]], U Mary Washington.
- [[http://jimgroom.net/projects/ Jim Groom on Domain of One's Own]]
- [[http://hackeducation.com/2014/04/25/domain-of-ones-own-incubator-emory/ Beneath the Cobblestones]], Audrey Watters on a Domain of One's Own. It's less about identity and more about being outside Google, outside D2L, outside and so part of the larger network.

- Zizi Papacharissi, ed. [[https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=fS0VAAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=social+network+AND+identity&ots=2k72IO7Cqc&sig=SiF3Drzr-psuTWk-G0IoPKnnUm4#v=onepage&q=social%20network%20AND%20identity&f=false | A Networked Self]]


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