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Youth Culture, Self-Representation and Digital Identity Youth Culture, Self-Representation and Digital Identity Presentation Transcript

  • Youth culture , self-representation and digital identity
    • How are existing social formations transformed?
    • What new forms of social interaction have media technologies enabled?
    • How are conceptions of space and time altered through engaged with media?
    Main questions:
  • The circle of culture cf. Hall, 1997
  • How are existing social formations transformed?
      • „ Computer-based technologies enable the pro- cessing of more communication, in less time, across larger distances.“ Stalder, 2006
    „ Media technologies do not mediate between themselves and people. Rather, they mediate between people […]“ Askew, 2002
    • online media are especially suitable to construct and develop several identities of the self Turkle, 1998
    • the mobile phone has become a central device in the construction of young peoples individual identity Castells,Fernandez-Ardevol, Linchuan Qiu & Sey, 2006
    What new forms of social interaction have media technologies enabled?
  • … using Twitter
    • For what porpuse you can use twitter?
    • Personal updates
    • Sharing links
    • Spreading ideas
    • Two levels of representation:
    • Personal events through „own“ specific language:
      • Short messages – only 140 characters
      • Messages are public
    • Constructing own images
    • Symbolic self-completion Wicklund & Gollwitzer, 1982
      • assumption: everyone pursuits to a definition of himself
      • until reached this self image there is tension
      • Individuals try to balancing a self-deficit
      • through symbolic things or actions
    • Impression management Mummendey, 1995
      • A reaction of a specific audience is expected and a feedback necessary
      • Aims: acceptance and sympathy & avoid of
      • refusal to encourage own self-confidence
    Possible motives for usage…
    • Personal Identity
      • sense of being an unique individual
    • Social Identity
      • results from being member of a group
      • In former times: nationality, race, gender, occupation,
      • sport club
      • Mediatization of the self
        • diversity of interest groups in online social networks
        • easy transition between those communities
    The modern identity concept cf. Tafjel, 1978; Turkle,1998; Utz, 2002
    • a person has not just one a stable and homogeneous identity
    • Identity consists of several fragments that permanently change
    • multiple, but coharent Turkle,1998
    • a live-long developing and new conceptualized patchwork Döring, 1999
    Digital Identity
    • Thompson, 1995; Askew 2002
    How are conceptions of space and time altered through engaged with media?
    • ICT enable more communication, in less time, across larger distances
    • online media are especially suitable to construct and develop several identities of the self
    • Mobile devices are very important for the youths identity
    • Twitter could be a useful tool to create and play with your own identity
    Conclusions
  • Discussion
    • Do you use Twitter or the Facebook status bar?
    • Have you one or several fake online identities?
    • Twitter messages are public but are they relevant for the Public Sphere?
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  • References Turkle, S. (1998). Leben im Netz. Hamburg: Rowohlt. Utz, S. (2002). Interaktion und Identität in virtuellen Gemeinschaften. In G. Bente, N. Krämer & A. Petersen (Hrsg.). Virtuelle Realitäten (S.159-180). Göttingen, Bern, Toronto, Seattle: Hogrefe. Wicklund, R.A. &Gollwitzer, P.M. (1982). Symbolic self completion. HIllsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. Winter, C. (2003). Die konfliktionäre kommunikative Artikulation von Identität im Kontext der Globalisierung von Medienkulturen. In C. Winter, T. Thomas & A. Hepp (Hrsg.). Medienidentitäten – Identität im Kontext von Globalisierung und Medienkultur (S. 49- 70). Köln: Herbert von Halem. http://technology.inc.com/networking/articles/200809/twitter.html