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A performance and practice-based view of social media identity and its implications for higher education.

A performance and practice-based view of social media identity and its implications for higher education.

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  • 1. Social Media Identities:Practices, Performativity, & Platforms Bonnie Stewart University of Prince Edward Island bstewart@upei.ca
  • 2. Who are we when were online?
  • 3. http://www.onlineschools.org/blog/facebook-obsession/
  • 4. How are online identities interwoven with our offline lives?
  • 5. PerformativityThe self can only ever be known in process & in relation to the other.Norms govern the social intelligibility of action.The self IS the various acts and practices which constitute performance.The inner self – identity – is an effect. http://www.flickr.com/photos/susan402/4067807003
  • 6. Practices “I like to think that we are not teaching subjects butsubjectivities: ways of approaching, understanding, and interacting with the world.” - M. Wesch, 2009
  • 7. Social media practices ARE identity practices. They perform versions of self withinnetworked, participatory, reputational spaces.
  • 8. Social Media Platforms Identity is non-anonymous, recognizable, and sustained over time. Pseudonymity increasingly challenged by platforms and monetization. Downswing in forced reciprocality (friending),http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniloramosweb/3854330282/ increased asymmetry and control of affiliation groupings.
  • 9. Participatoryhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/hendrikspeck/3887169238/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barmony/6224153051
  • 10. Augmented Reality
  • 11. Produsage:a networked economy in which creation and consumption are combined.
  • 12. Identity in a Celebrity Economyhttp://www.slideshare.net/ConstantContact/10-quick-facts-you-should-know-about-consumer-behavior-on-twitter?from=ss_embed
  • 13. Deleuzes society of control?Identity in social media is distributed, branded, and accustomed to heterarchical participation in an environment rife with hierarchical metrics.
  • 14. Social Media Traditional Education Self-directed Institutionally-directedFocused on filtering Focused on finding knowledge knowledge Audience = World Audience = Teacher Crowdsourcing Plagiarism Branding CommodificationLearner = networked Learner = discrete, rational identity individual Always accessible Bounded by time & space
  • 15. Implications for Higher Education http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/3998273279/sizes/z/in/photostream/ ?
  • 16. Thank you.@bonstewart