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AoIR2011 Self-injury on Flickr presentation


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Preliminary findings of my dissertation research on photographs of self-injury on Flickr, presented at Association of Internet Researchers conference in Seattle, Oct 12 2011

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AoIR2011 Self-injury on Flickr presentation

  1. 1. Picturesque wounds: Narrative performance of self-injurers on Flickr<br />October 12, 2011<br />Yukari Seko (York/Ryerson Universities)<br />Photo by Sebastian R<br />
  2. 2. Internet and self-injury (SI)<br />Internet as a low-risk venue to search info, express themselves, find peers with similar interest, and formulate SI subculture<br />Rapid increase of user-generated multimedia SI content<br />Existing studies: <br />predominantly text-oriented <br />Tend to to rely on medical interpretation<br />Focus mainly on “communities”<br />
  3. 3. Social media <br />“Ego-centered,” relatively centralized “I” network<br />Constant identity performance: “write themselves into being” (boyd, 2007) <br />Variety of social network besides cocooned “community,” through metadata and indexing activity (tagging, friending, linking, commenting etc)<br />
  4. 4. Photo-sharing social media (6 billions photos by Aug 2011)<br />Folksonomy: user-generated indexing, collective knowledge building<br />Relative tolerance for content (user-led regulation, flagging) <br />Multi-layered social space(personal space, p2p network through “contact,” loose interaction via tag, comments, and group)<br />
  5. 5. Flickr’s Multi-layered social network<br />2. Via photo (comment/favorite)<br />1. peer-to-peer<br />contact<br />Like it!<br />Thanx<br />4. Flickr group<br />3. Via Tag<br />Shared topic<br />boat<br />boat<br />Join<br />Modified the figure from Hansen, Shneiderman & Smith (2010)<br />
  6. 6. Method<br />Flickr as symbiotic assemblage of technocultural entities<br />1. Identify Semantic Landscape through quantitative tag analysis<br />2. Interrogate social interactions between photo-uploaders and viewers (discourse analysis) <br />3. Visual content analysis of individual photographs<br />
  7. 7. Research Subjects<br />photos retrieved through text (keyword) and tag<br />1051 photos retrieved via keyword “self-injury”<br />864 photos via tag search<br />All photos are publicly accessible without Flickr account, marked as “Safe” <br />Textual info & metadata attached to each photo were retrieved via Flickr API<br />
  8. 8. Flickr photos tagged “selfinjury”<br />Image generatedby <br /><br />
  9. 9. Keyword vs. Tag<br />* Overlap btw 2 datasets = 508<br />
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  12. 12. Tag appearance frequency<br />
  13. 13. Medical interpretation<br />SI-awareness<br />Photography<br />Body Parts<br />SI-specific term<br />Tag network for “selfinjury” tag generated by Nodexl<br />
  14. 14. Photo by SarahWynne<br />Photo by inju<br />Photo by Cherry C.<br />
  15. 15. Discussion<br />SI photographs as potential modality for self-disclosure that facilitates performative social communication<br />SI as an act to deal with emotional pain in a visible mannermay provoke aesthetic impulse of self-injurers to visually narrativize their life<br />Flickr, as a social site of display, seems to encourage SI photo uploaders to label and share their life freely, not necessarily bound to medical diagnosis<br />
  16. 16. Works cited<br />boyd, d. (2007). Why Youth Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life. In D. Buckingham (Ed.). MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Learning – Youth, Identity, and Digital Media Volume. Pp. 119-142.<br />Hansen, D.,Shneiderman, B. & Smith, M. (2010)Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXLMorgan Kaufmann<br />
  17. 17. Thank you!!<br />Yukari Seko <br /><br />@doggyjelly<br />Photo by DesolationSmile<br />