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  • 30.07.2010
  • Ends of Identity

    1. 1. The Ends of Identity?Dr Tama Leaver / @tamaleaver 28 June 2012Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    2. 2. Outline1. Who am I (and what have I done)?2. Looking Beyond Agency?3. Investigating the Ends of IdentityCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    3. 3. I. Who am I (and what have I done)?Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    4. 4. Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    5. 5. Web Presence with Matthew Allen  Note: ‘Pig’ picture will not appear on actual cover!Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    6. 6. Web Presence (Allen & Leaver, Forthcoming) Internet Footprints (online identity material over which the user maintains control) Digital Shadows (online identity material outside of the users’ control) Social Media Rivers (purposeful organisation and aggregation of disparate online identity material)Essentially argues that online identity today involves not only ‘user-generated content’ but also careful consideration of how these elements are combined/curated into ‘content-generated users’.Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    7. 7. Web Presence (very approximate) …Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    8. 8. Majority of current research(including ours) …Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    9. 9. Now … As a new CCI Research Fellow working in the Cultural Science program …Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    10. 10. II. Looking Beyond Agency?Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    11. 11. The Networked Self / Networked Publics Persistance Replicability Scalability Searchability (boyd, 2010) + Ownership (Aufderheide, 2010)Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    12. 12. Identity 2.0 (Helmond, 2010) In Perpetual Beta Networked (other) User-generated identity Distributed Indexed PersistentCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    13. 13. Shared assumptions of Identity 2.0, theNetworked Self, and Web Presence Individual agency is central. Presumption that identity should be controlled, curated and managed by the ‘self’ being presented. When agency is not the controlling influence, this is seen as an issue to be overcome.Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    14. 14. III. Investigating the Ends of IdentityCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    15. 15. What about the Ends of Identity? Following Goffman (1959) if frontstage is self performed, and backstage is more essential self, who builds the stage, and who remembers the performance(s)?Before (online) agency: before birth, until the ‘reigns’ of online identity tools and performances are inherited?After (online) agency: who looks after online traces of self once the self they refer to dies?Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    16. 16. Focusing on the ends matters (and will alsoreveal more about the middle) …Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    17. 17. Parents as initial identity curators … Parents/guardians set the initial parameters of online identity. From ultrasounds photos to cute toddler pics, losing that first tooth etc … How do and should young people ‘inherit’ online identities? Should ‘OMG kids online’ moral panic invert (OMG how are my parents shaping my online identity?)?Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    18. 18. Parents: Framing Online Identities?Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    19. 19. Facebook’s Timeline: Starts at birth.Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    20. 20. Facebook: Deletes ‘Kids’ Source: https://www.facebook.com/help/search/?q=kids+on+facebookCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    21. 21. At the other end:Memorializing Performed Digital Selves? What happens to profiles, accounts, photos, videos and other social traces after someone dies? Do we have the right to delete it all? Should it be memorialized? Does the presumption of ‘privacy’ supersede all other considerations after death?Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    22. 22. Gravestones as Databases  Living Headstones comes with 5 years of QR-code driven database access about the deceased person.  www.monuments.com/ livingheadstoneCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    23. 23. PassMyWill.comCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    24. 24. Facebook: Memorialize or Delete  Source: https://www.facebook.com/help?page=842Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    25. 25. Facebook: Memorializing Accounts  Source: https://www.facebook.com/help?page=842Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    26. 26. Some initial framing questions … What do current initial identity curation practices (by parents etc) and memorialisation practices reveal about the way online identity is conceptualised? How does agency act as a variable when considering social media? How might data about identity be (re)conceptualised in light of the identity information outliving individuals? What current digital literacies are under-developed (eg parents thinking about their kids identities; estate planning about digital materials).Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    27. 27. References Allen, M., & Leaver, T. (Forthcoming). Web Presence: Staying Noticed in a Networked World. Social Media Series. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. Aufderheide, P. (2010). Copyright, Fair Use, and Social Networks. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (pp. 274-303). Routledge. boyd, danah. (2010). Social Network Sites and Networked Publics: Affordances, Dymanics and Implications. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (pp. 39-58). Routledge. Goffman, E. (1959). The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Anchor Book. Helmond, A. (2010). Identity 2.0: Constructing identity with cultural software. www.annehelmond.nl, PDF: http://www.annehelmond.nl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads//2010/01/helmond_identity20_dmiconference.pd . Papacharissi, Z. (2010). Conclusion: A Networked Self. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (pp. 304-318). Routledge.Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    28. 28. Questions or Comments? Or find me later … www.tamaleaver.net @tamaleaver t.leaver@curtin.edu.auCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J

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