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  • Qualitative Research into Facebook PicturesThe task is for you to decide whether personal photographs on Facebook are highlyritualized and conventionalized, with a rather limited range of subjects being recorded(Chalfen 1987 and Musello, 1980).The task will also ask you to consider and comment on the ways people “perform” in frontof the camera and use Facebook to project an idealized representation of their lives.According to Andrew Mendelson and Zizi Papacharissi there are a limited range of personalphotographs that dominate college students Facebook profiles. Read the list and see how manyexamples you can find from your own pictures and your friends pictures on Facebook.You need some record of the frequency certain picture types, so draw a table and mark thenumber of times the picture types occur.Picture Type: Frequency Features that you notice – e.g. body position, facial expressions, locations – themes or similarities between pictures within the same Picture Type.Same sex photographs: all maleSame sex photographs: all femaleSocial rituals (e.g. prop night,weddings etc)Reflection ShotsFamily Shots (especially with oldermembers of the family)Parties:Underage drinkingDrug useCigarette smokingPlatonic friendships with people ofthe opposite sexLandscapes or cityscapes withoutpeople posing for the photographRomantic relationshipGigs shotsHoliday photographs“Hanging Out” photographs – pizzanights, dying hair, playing videogames etc. In other words peopleare not dressed-up for a night outStrange photographs that if theywere of you, you would remove fromFacebook (why would you removethem?)