Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Identity online

I was at this seminar series yesterday at the fabulous New Academic Building on Kingsway, London. I must say that I found the papers on identity mostly uninspiring. I wanted more on the fluidity of online identity performance; more critique of agency and more complexity! Rebekah’s paper was the exception, and I do hope all those methodological questions about who’s representing who in teen SNS research continue to be debated. I’ve been thinking that trying to decide whether technology influences youth or youth influences technology has become a bit pointless. What does interest me is how SNSs seem to be troubling traditional generational divisions. Some things change; but others stay the same as this site, myparentsjoinedfacebook, underlines.

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