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A Networked Self and Platforms, Stories, Connections

1st Edition

Edited by Zizi Papacharissi


214 pages

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We tell stories about who we are. Through telling these stories, we connect with others and affirm our own sense of self. Spaces, be they online or offline; private or public; physical, augmented or virtual; or of a hybrid nature, present the performative realms upon which our stories unfold. This volume focuses on how digital platforms support, enhance, or confine the networked self. Contributors examine a range of issues relating to storytelling, platforms, and the self, including the live-reporting of events, the curation of information, emerging modalities of journalism, collaboratively formed memories, and the instant historification of the present.


"It’s not just the media system that’s a storytelling project: so is the self. Each of us is a dynamic and uncertain performance, where the struggle to mean is technological and social as well as personal. Difference, desire, and disaster are held in tension by stories, competing for scarce attention. Papacharissi's compelling collection shows how." -John Hartley, Curtin University, Australia

"In this fascinating volume, Papacharissi has brought together a cutting-edge lineup of scholars to reflect on how we connect and who we become, when we share our stories on digital platforms. A must-read on the thrills and perils of story-telling, self-expression and networked connectivity." Lilie Chouliaraki, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Table of Contents


Zizi Papacharissi

The Networked Self in the Age of Identity Fundamentalism

Daniel Kreiss

News and the Networked Self: Performativity, Platforms, and Journalistic Epistemologies

Matt Carlson and Seth C. Lewis

Publicness on Platforms: Tracing the mutual articulation of platform architectures and user practices

Thomas Poell, Sudha Rajagopalan, and Anastasia Kavada

The Bot Proxy: Designing Automated Self Expression

Samuel Woolley, Samantha Shorey, and Philip Howard

The Emotional Architecture of Social Media

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

"The more I look like Justin Bieber in the pictures, the better": Queer women’s self-representation on Instagram

Stefanie Duguay

Affective Mobile Spectres: Understanding the Lives of Mobile Media Images of the Dead

Larissa Hjorth and Kathleen M. Cumiskey

Cleavage-control: Stories of algorithmic culture and power in the case of the YouTube ‘Reply Girls’.

Taina Bucher

From networked to quantified self: Self-tracking and the moral economy of data

Aristea Fotopoulou

‘Doing’ Local: Place-Based Travel Apps and the Globally Networked Self

Erika Polson

The Networked Self and Defense of Privacy: Reading Surveillance Fiction in the Wake of the Snowden Revelations

Adrienne Russell and Risto Kunelius

Mobile Media Stories and the Process of Designing Contested Landscapes

Jason Farman

About the Editor

Zizi Papacharissi is Professor and Head of the Communication Department and Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and University Scholar at the University of Illinois System. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has published nine books, including Affective Publics, A Private Sphere, A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (Routledge, 2010) and over 60 journal articles, book chapters and reviews. She is the founding and current editor of the open access journal Social Media and Society.

About the Series

A Networked Self

Each volume in this series develops and pursues a distinct theme focused on the concept of the Networked Self. The five volumes cover the broad range of socio-cultural, political, economic, and sociotechnical issues that shape and are shaped by the (networked) self in late modernity - what we have come to describe as the anthropocene.

Growing upon the initial volume, A Networked Self: Identity, Community and Culture on Social Network Sites, published in 2010, the five volumes will form a picture of the way digital media shapes contemporary notions of identity.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies