“ Post    your    Desktop!” Negotiating proximity and distance  in an anonymous environment on imageboard 4chan.org Jana H...
Preview <ul><li>Introduction of 4chan as a platform: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History, basic features, financing, web statist...
From Liminality to Liminoidity <ul><li>Phases of a Rite of Passage (Turner) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separation: demarcation ...
From Liminality to Liminoidity <ul><li>Phases of a Rite of Passage (Turner) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separation: demarcation ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Web statistics of 4chan.org 4chan.org orf.at t-online.de Unique Users  Per Month 8.2 million 4.7 million 458 million Pages...
Web statistics of 4chan.org All content on 4chan.org  is user-generated content: 800,000 new posts  are created every day ...
Role within internet culture
Role within internet culture
Role within internet culture
Role within internet culture
Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Separation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demarcation of ritual time and space </li></...
Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suppressed Anonymity: ...
Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suppressed Anonymity: ...
Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional Anonymity: e....
Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraged Anonymity: ...
Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraged Anonymity: ...
Liminoid play w/ identity <ul><li>Play with identity ≠subversion of a ‘physical’ or ‘material’ identity: </li></ul><ul><ul...
Anonymous:  ITT, take this blank map in Mspaint and draw the borders to the best fo your memory, no kooking at maps/google...
Anonymous:  from france
Anonymous:  from france Anonymous: you forgot to put „faggots“ in french territory you racist cunt
Anonymous:  from france Anonymous: you forgot to put „faggots“ in french territory you racist cunt Anonymous: why don't yo...
Anonymous:  Easy.  I‘m from the US
Anonymous:  Easy.  I‘m from the US Anonymous:
Anonymous:  American
Anonymous:  How am I the first?
Anonymous:  How am I the first? Anonymous: You placed Vichy France wrong.
Anonymous:  How am I the first? Anonymous: You placed Vichy France wrong. Anonymous: Hey be glad I included it at all.
Anonymous:  Britfag here.
Anonymous:  MURKA MURKA FUCK YEAH
Anonymous:  MURKA MURKA FUCK YEAH Anonymous: Ignorant cunt
Anonymous:
Anonymous:  I don‘t even
Anonymous:  I don‘t even Anonymous: Finlandia, you say?
Anonymous:  I don‘t even Anonymous: Finlandia, you say? Anonymous: Now in glorious Nazi glory (I don‘t even know if the Ge...
Anonymous:  I don‘t even Anonymous: Finlandia, you say? Anonymous: Now in glorious Nazi glory (I don‘t even know if the Ge...
Anonymous:  I don‘t even Anonymous: Finlandia, you say? Anonymous: Now in glorious Nazi glory (I don‘t even know if the Ge...
Anonymous:  Post your start menu
Anonymous:  Post your start menu
Anonymous:  Post your start menu Anonymous: Is it yours, or some randome pic?
Anonymous:  Post your start menu Anonymous: Is it yours, or some randome pic? Anonymous: OP here. It‘s from a computer at ...
Anonymous:  Post your start menu Anonymous: Is it yours, or some randome pic? Anonymous: OP here. It‘s from a computer at ...
Anonymous:  Post your start menu Anonymous: Is it yours, or some randome pic? Anonymous: OP here. It‘s from a computer at ...
Mr.  !WAHZOOo2zo :
Mr.  !WAHZOOo2zo :  Anonymous: nice theme
Mr.  !WAHZOOo2zo :  Anonymous: nice theme Anonymous: Whats the name of that visual style?
Mr.  !WAHZOOo2zo :  Anonymous: nice theme Anonymous: Whats the name of that visual style? Mr.  !WAHZOOo2zo : I‘m a little ...
Mr.  !WAHZOOo2zo :  Anonymous: nice theme Anonymous: Whats the name of that visual style? Mr.  !WAHZOOo2zo : I‘m a little ...
Anonymous:         Newfags Can‘t triforce
Anonymous:         Newfags Can‘t triforce Anonymous:  Vegan Folded Seven
Anonymous:         Newfags Can‘t triforce Anonymous:  Vegan Folded Seven Anonymous: Lol what‘s a triforce?
Anonymous:         Newfags Can‘t triforce Anonymous:  Vegan Folded Seven Anonymous: Lol what‘s a triforce? Anonymous: ...
Anonymous:         Newfags Can‘t triforce Anonymous:  Vegan Folded Seven Anonymous: Lol what‘s a triforce? Anonymous: ...
Anonymous:  It‘s Caturday. Poast YOUR cats.  I don‘t want to see a picture of you, any pussies you think are cute, some ra...
 
Anonymous:  /b/  Show me your ink!
 
 
 
 
Anonymous: So, I have a crush on a friend of mine, but she‘s been out of town/state for almost a year. We‘ve been keeling ...
Anonymous: So, I have a crush on a friend of mine, but she‘s been out of town/state for almost a year. We‘ve been keeling ...
Unidentifiable subjects <ul><ul><li>No user Ids or profiles: No technical means to represent a subject either statically (...
Social Proximity as Communitas <ul><ul><li>Communitas arises from a type of anonymity that discourages the re-inscription ...
Re-inscription of identity/hierarchy <ul><ul><li>Social structures and hierarchies can only very briefly re-inscribe thems...
http://www.slideshare.net/anaj   <ul><li>„  Fluktuierende Kollektive, hybrides Archiv: Semiologische Praktiken im Imageboa...
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Slides for a talk given at "Media and Proximity", a conference held at the "Locating Media" Graduate School in Siegen, Germany, April 22/23 2010. Its main point is to apply Turner's concepts of liminality / liminoidity (the former applies e.g. to early agrarian, the latter to post-industrial society and in general societies where 'leisure time' is not governed by collective rhythms, but a matter of individual option) and their consequences for social forms and patterns of behaviour (e.g. in liminality, the play with the material of culture, a violation of rules is obligatory, producing often excentric phenomena typical for rites of passage).

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  1. 1. “ Post your Desktop!” Negotiating proximity and distance in an anonymous environment on imageboard 4chan.org Jana Herwig, M.A. Dept. of Theatre, Film & Media Studies University of Vienna http://tinyurl.com/herwig
  2. 2. Preview <ul><li>Introduction of 4chan as a platform: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History, basic features, financing, web statistics, role within internet culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social media as liminoid practice: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diverging strategies of anonymity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Related forms of community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liminoid play with identity </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. From Liminality to Liminoidity <ul><li>Phases of a Rite of Passage (Turner) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separation: demarcation of ritual time and space, elimination of social status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liminality: ‘betwixt and between’, ‘non-status’, anonymity, chaos, play with the elements of culture, egalitarian spirit (‘communitas’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reintegration as elevated subject </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. From Liminality to Liminoidity <ul><li>Phases of a Rite of Passage (Turner) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separation: demarcation of ritual time and space, elimination of social status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liminality: ‘betwixt and between’, ‘non-status’, anonymity, chaos, play with the elements of culture, egalitarian spirit (‘communitas’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reintegration as elevated subject </li></ul></ul>“ Optation pervaded the liminoid phenomenon, obligation the liminal”
  5. 14. Web statistics of 4chan.org 4chan.org orf.at t-online.de Unique Users Per Month 8.2 million 4.7 million 458 million Pages loaded (impressions) 600 million 270 million 4.4 billion Average time spent on site 19 minutes 9.5 minutes n/a Average Page loads 30 pages 6.7 pages 9.7 pages Source: C. Poole, NYT Interview Source: Oewa.at, 03/2010 Source: ivwonline.de 03/2010
  6. 15. Web statistics of 4chan.org All content on 4chan.org is user-generated content: 800,000 new posts are created every day 4chan.org orf.at t-online.de Unique Users Per Month 8.2 million 4.7 million 458 million Pages loaded (impressions) 600 million 270 million 4.4 billion Average time spent on site 19 minutes 9.5 minutes n/a Average Page loads 30 pages 6.7 pages 9.7 pages Source: C. Poole, NYT Interview Source: Oewa.at, 03/2010 Source: ivwonline.de 03/2010
  7. 16. Role within internet culture
  8. 17. Role within internet culture
  9. 18. Role within internet culture
  10. 19. Role within internet culture
  11. 20. Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Separation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demarcation of ritual time and space </li></ul></ul>
  12. 21. Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suppressed Anonymity: e.g. Facebook </li></ul></ul>
  13. 22. Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suppressed Anonymity: e.g. Facebook </li></ul></ul>Society as Structure & Hierachy vs. Communitas as Communion of Equal Subjects (through communal submission)
  14. 23. Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional Anonymity: e.g. Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Text only (140 chars) </li></ul><ul><li>Limited archiving: </li></ul><ul><li>Search results only available for approx. 1.5 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Only up to 3200 messages per profile can be accessed manually </li></ul>
  15. 24. Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraged Anonymity: e.g. 4chan </li></ul></ul>
  16. 25. Social Media as a Liminoid Practice <ul><li>Creation of the Liminoid Subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraged Anonymity: e.g. 4chan </li></ul></ul>Anonymity No data retention A collective liminoid subject position Greatest distance to instances of social control on the social web
  17. 26. Liminoid play w/ identity <ul><li>Play with identity ≠subversion of a ‘physical’ or ‘material’ identity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play with the means of cultural signification in general - including the material that subject positions, identity and social meanings are generated from </li></ul></ul>
  18. 27. Anonymous: ITT, take this blank map in Mspaint and draw the borders to the best fo your memory, no kooking at maps/google earth or other posts in the thead. Also tell where you‘re from
  19. 28. Anonymous: from france
  20. 29. Anonymous: from france Anonymous: you forgot to put „faggots“ in french territory you racist cunt
  21. 30. Anonymous: from france Anonymous: you forgot to put „faggots“ in french territory you racist cunt Anonymous: why don't you go fuck yourself you filthy piece of crap. faggots us? lol your women want our cocks because they know you can't please them
  22. 31. Anonymous: Easy. I‘m from the US
  23. 32. Anonymous: Easy. I‘m from the US Anonymous:
  24. 33. Anonymous: American
  25. 34. Anonymous: How am I the first?
  26. 35. Anonymous: How am I the first? Anonymous: You placed Vichy France wrong.
  27. 36. Anonymous: How am I the first? Anonymous: You placed Vichy France wrong. Anonymous: Hey be glad I included it at all.
  28. 37. Anonymous: Britfag here.
  29. 38. Anonymous: MURKA MURKA FUCK YEAH
  30. 39. Anonymous: MURKA MURKA FUCK YEAH Anonymous: Ignorant cunt
  31. 40. Anonymous:
  32. 41. Anonymous: I don‘t even
  33. 42. Anonymous: I don‘t even Anonymous: Finlandia, you say?
  34. 43. Anonymous: I don‘t even Anonymous: Finlandia, you say? Anonymous: Now in glorious Nazi glory (I don‘t even know if the German is correctly written)
  35. 44. Anonymous: I don‘t even Anonymous: Finlandia, you say? Anonymous: Now in glorious Nazi glory (I don‘t even know if the German is correctly written) Anonymous: Shit, wrong one.
  36. 45. Anonymous: I don‘t even Anonymous: Finlandia, you say? Anonymous: Now in glorious Nazi glory (I don‘t even know if the German is correctly written) Anonymous: Shit, wrong one. Anonymous: actually this looks like a map of the roman empire:|
  37. 46. Anonymous: Post your start menu
  38. 47. Anonymous: Post your start menu
  39. 48. Anonymous: Post your start menu Anonymous: Is it yours, or some randome pic?
  40. 49. Anonymous: Post your start menu Anonymous: Is it yours, or some randome pic? Anonymous: OP here. It‘s from a computer at my job.
  41. 50. Anonymous: Post your start menu Anonymous: Is it yours, or some randome pic? Anonymous: OP here. It‘s from a computer at my job. Anonymous: Is it your computer at your job? If so, try CDisplayEX instead of Cdisplay
  42. 51. Anonymous: Post your start menu Anonymous: Is it yours, or some randome pic? Anonymous: OP here. It‘s from a computer at my job. Anonymous: Is it your computer at your job? If so, try CDisplayEX instead of Cdisplay Anonymous: >Is it your computer at your job? Lol, yeah... Derp >try CDisplayEX I‘ll look into it
  43. 52. Mr. !WAHZOOo2zo :
  44. 53. Mr. !WAHZOOo2zo : Anonymous: nice theme
  45. 54. Mr. !WAHZOOo2zo : Anonymous: nice theme Anonymous: Whats the name of that visual style?
  46. 55. Mr. !WAHZOOo2zo : Anonymous: nice theme Anonymous: Whats the name of that visual style? Mr. !WAHZOOo2zo : I‘m a little late but it‘s SLANXP for 7
  47. 56. Mr. !WAHZOOo2zo : Anonymous: nice theme Anonymous: Whats the name of that visual style? Mr. !WAHZOOo2zo : I‘m a little late but it‘s SLANXP for 7 Anonymous: Holy shit an Aero thema that actually changes something besides Colors. Fuck yes nor more rounded corners and unnecessarily large window borders. Thanks.
  48. 57. Anonymous:    Newfags Can‘t triforce
  49. 58. Anonymous:    Newfags Can‘t triforce Anonymous: Vegan Folded Seven
  50. 59. Anonymous:    Newfags Can‘t triforce Anonymous: Vegan Folded Seven Anonymous: Lol what‘s a triforce?
  51. 60. Anonymous:    Newfags Can‘t triforce Anonymous: Vegan Folded Seven Anonymous: Lol what‘s a triforce? Anonymous:   
  52. 61. Anonymous:    Newfags Can‘t triforce Anonymous: Vegan Folded Seven Anonymous: Lol what‘s a triforce? Anonymous:    Anonymous:   
  53. 62. Anonymous: It‘s Caturday. Poast YOUR cats. I don‘t want to see a picture of you, any pussies you think are cute, some random picture you found on the internet. I want your cat.
  54. 64. Anonymous: /b/ Show me your ink!
  55. 69. Anonymous: So, I have a crush on a friend of mine, but she‘s been out of town/state for almost a year. We‘ve been keeling in touch, but just a bit you know? [...] So I‘m complaining to /b/. I‘m sure if this thread doesn‘t die immediately it will be filled with demands that I [should be looking for] an hero, and people caling me either a pathetic loser or a faggot, but I felt like venting to someone.
  56. 70. Anonymous: So, I have a crush on a friend of mine, but she‘s been out of town/state for almost a year. We‘ve been keeling in touch, but just a bit you know? [...] So I‘m complaining to /b/. I‘m sure if this thread doesn‘t die immediately it will be filled with demands that I [should be looking for] an hero, and people caling me either a pathetic loser or a faggot, but I felt like venting to someone. Anonymous: yeah, you should kill yourself
  57. 71. Unidentifiable subjects <ul><ul><li>No user Ids or profiles: No technical means to represent a subject either statically (e.g. through profiles) or across time (e.g. through activity) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No means to represent a subject’s social network (no ‘buddies’, ‘friends’, ‘networks’, ‘contacts’, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online identity building: a futile project </li></ul></ul>
  58. 72. Social Proximity as Communitas <ul><ul><li>Communitas arises from a type of anonymity that discourages the re-inscription of social structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Anonymous’ serves as a collective identity for the liminoid subjects: a speaking from an ever-shifting subject position that is authored by no specific, material subject </li></ul></ul>
  59. 73. Re-inscription of identity/hierarchy <ul><ul><li>Social structures and hierarchies can only very briefly re-inscribe themselves on 4chan (e.g. Tripcodes, Triforces) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The re-inscription itself becomes the subject of negotiation: not the ‘truth value’ but the potential to be re-inter-preted and re-negotiated is what counts on 4chan </li></ul></ul>
  60. 74. http://www.slideshare.net/anaj <ul><li>„ Fluktuierende Kollektive, hybrides Archiv: Semiologische Praktiken im Imageboard 4chan“, in: Inzenierung von „Weiblichkeit“ , Loecker 2010, im Erscheinen (Preview via [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Liminality and Communitas in Social Media: The case of Twitter,” full conference paper, Internet Research 10.0. Download: http://wp.me/peBnE-u4 </li></ul><ul><li>„ Die 140-Zeichen-Frage: Microblogging, Twitter und die liminoide Verhandlung des Sozialen im Web 2.0“, in: Netcultures. Communities im Social Web , Nomos 2010, im Erscheinen (Preview via [email_address] ) </li></ul>
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