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.
Table of Contents
The Networked Self in the Age of Identity Fundamentalism
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
"The more I look like Justin Bieber in the pictures, the better": Queer women’s self-representation on Instagram
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’.
From networked to quantified self: Self-tracking and the moral economy of data
‘Doing’ Local: Place-Based Travel Apps and the Globally Networked Self
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
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.
"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