1st Edition

A Networked Self and Platforms, Stories, Connections

Edited By Zizi Papacharissi Copyright 2018
    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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