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The Art of Being You Online


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A presentation/performance about online identity and authenticity at Online Educa 2015. The web challenges the idea of an authentic, stable ‘self’, as it enables (even demands) the performance of identity across multiple platforms. At the same time, contemporary capitalist society perpetuates a continual quest for authenticity, and frames uniqueness as a moral imperative. How should students, academics and educators negotiate and challenge this techno-social situation? Read the script here:

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The Art of Being You Online

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  6. 6. @otheragent/ charlotte webb #OEB2015 “Always self-censoring with the idea that an employer is looking makes it impossible for any sort of genuine self-expression” Alice Marwick, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2014
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  8. 8. @otheragent/ charlotte webb #OEB2015 Image: Warhol with dog, Jack Mitchell CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons
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  10. 10. @otheragent/ charlotte webb #OEB2015 “There’s no such thing as an authentic Warhol” Paul Morrissey, former manager of The Factory
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