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Having carried out a project on Mexican and Chicana writers’ online selves and intruded upon that curious public-private space that is social networking, I want to reflect on what it is to be online and where I position myself within its discursive sphere. I want to ask how do we emerge from a medium which allows for multiple selves, all the while there is a desire to create a voice, an identity and a coherent professional self that the very form challenges? For the theorists Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin their imagined typical remediated self “understands herself as a potentially rapid succession of points of view, as a series of immediate experiences derived from these points of view” (2000). Interestingly, this individual is gendered and is highly self-reflective in her understanding of her positioning. This individual is an everywoman, figured as an ideal projection and her story is not complicated by class or location. In this paper I want to reflect on this self, where it (I) should be positioned as a Hispanist, and how the gendered self figures in this interplay between private and professional identities.

Having carried out a project on Mexican and Chicana writers’ online selves and intruded upon that curious public-private space that is social networking, I want to reflect on what it is to be online and where I position myself within its discursive sphere. I want to ask how do we emerge from a medium which allows for multiple selves, all the while there is a desire to create a voice, an identity and a coherent professional self that the very form challenges? For the theorists Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin their imagined typical remediated self “understands herself as a potentially rapid succession of points of view, as a series of immediate experiences derived from these points of view” (2000). Interestingly, this individual is gendered and is highly self-reflective in her understanding of her positioning. This individual is an everywoman, figured as an ideal projection and her story is not complicated by class or location. In this paper I want to reflect on this self, where it (I) should be positioned as a Hispanist, and how the gendered self figures in this interplay between private and professional identities.

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  1. 1. Transcience and Permanenc e in Online eo f Selves o utsid nd de a Insi mia Niamh Thor nt o n e ac ad University o f Ulster
  2. 2. Bloggers worldwide Source: Technorati 2011
  3. 3. ComScore details on SNS can atin Ameri ion Total L n: 588 mill t io popula
  4. 4. Gender of bloggers Source: Technorati 2011
  5. 5. Employment
  6. 6. Age of bloggers
  7. 7. SNS in Latin America and Spain
  8. 8. SNS in Latin America and Spain • No figures for Google+ • Some countries eg Cuba not on their country listing • Ranks top 500 sites by country • Facebook top 1 or 2 in every Latin American country with local Google either 1 or 2
  9. 9. Venezolanas en Facebook
  10. 10. Venezolanas en Facebook
  11. 11. l sin g Digita rit ers Cros rden: W om of the Ga American t he Bott t er- s itions “F airies at m for In l 2012): Tran rders ”, Foru , No 1 (Apri porar y Bo , Vol 5 ontem ch C R esear it i e s in ntinu ure, a nd Co u lt 1/ thornton / n o/a C ca.de/volume-5- Chica .interameri w h ttp://ww
  12. 12. Carmody, Tim (2011) “You are Not your Name and Photo: A Call to Re-Imagine Identity”, Wired 20th October, http://www.wired.com/business/2011/10/you-are-not-your- name-and-photo-a-call-to-re-imagine-identity/
  13. 13. We could be like the Shakespeare of the First Folio, dead and memorialized; or the living, collaborating, experimental poet, playwright, actor and businessman. He’s something of a mystery to us, but infinitely more vital than the capital-A Author too often used to intimidate schoolchildren. Carmody, Tim (2011) “You are Not your Name and Photo: A Call to Re- Imagine Identity”, Wired 20th October, http://www.wired.com/business/2011/10/you-are-not-your-name- and-photo-a-call-to-re-imagine-identity/
  14. 14. Claveles
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  17. 17. Digital Dualism an alternative view that states that our reality is both technological and organic, both digital and physical, all at once. We are not crossing in and out of separate digital and physical realities, a la The Matrix, but instead live in one reality, one that is augmented by atoms and bits. And our selves are not separated across these two spheres as some dualistic “first” and “second” self, but is instead an augmented self. A [Donna] Haraway-like cyborg self comprised of a physical body as well as our digital Profile, acting in constant dialogue. Our Facebook profiles reflect who we know and what we do offline, and our offline lives are impacted by what happens on Facebook (e.g., how we might change our behaviors in order to create a more ideal documentation) (Jurgenson, 2011, np). Nathanjurgenson (2011) “Digital Dualism Versus Augmented Reality”, in The Society Pages, 24th February, http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2011/02/24/digital- dualism-versus-augmented-reality/Info
  18. 18. What information is shared
  19. 19. Time Spent on blogs
  20. 20. Why use Twitter?
  21. 21. Advice from marketers via Technorati: - Be a personality, not just a brand. - Be responsive and quick. -Recognize and reward your fans. -Push for organic conversation. … - Provide value to your audience.
  22. 22. Transcience and Permanenc e in Online eo f Selves o utsid nd de a Insi mia Niamh Thor nt o n e ac ad University o f Ulster

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