1st Edition

Digital Performance in Everyday Life

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ISBN 9781138342149
November 12, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Digital Performance in Everyday Life combines theories of performance, communication, and media to explore the many ways we perform in our everyday lives through digital media and in virtual spaces.

Digital communication technologies and the social norms and discourses that developed alongside these technologies have altered the ways we perform as and for ourselves and each other in virtual spaces. Through a diverse range of topics and examples - including discussions of self-identity, surveillance, mourning, internet memes, storytelling, ritual, political action, and activism - this book addresses how the physical and virtual have become inseparable in everyday life, and how the digital is always rooted in embodied action. Focusing on performance and human agency, the authors offer fresh perspectives on communication and digital culture.

The unique, interdisciplinary approach of this book will be useful to scholars, artists, and activists in communication, digital media, performance studies, theatre, sociology, political science, information technology, and cybersecurity - along with anyone interested in how communication shapes and is shaped by digital technologies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Digital Performance in Everyday Life; Chapter 2: Digital Performances of Self-Identity; Chapter 3: Everyday Performances of Surveillance, Sousveillance, and Coveillance; Chapter 4: Virtual Habits and Rituals; Chapter 5: Digital Mourning and Memorialization; Chapter 6: The Virtual Storyteller; Chapter 7: "Re-": Internet Memes as Digital Performances of Adaptation; Chapter 8: Slactivism; Chapter 9: Political Theatre in Everyday Life; Conclusion; Bibliography

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Lyndsay Michalik Gratch is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. Her research, creative work, and teaching focus on the connections between communication, performance studies, digital culture, creative adaptation, and remix.

Ariel Gratch is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Utica College where he teaches courses in storytelling, performance studies, and rhetoric. His research focuses on the impact of storytelling on our everyday lives.


Digital Performance in Everyday Life flawlessly and effortlessly draws together performance studies, media studies and digital studies with a theoretical sophistication and methodological precision that is both wonderfully complex and immensely accessible. Each chapter is a new journey through the central premise of the book that the notion that online and offline lives are separate is a false dichotomy and that performance is at the center of everyday digital life. By weaving together nuanced discussions of theory and concepts with personal stories and contemporary cultural critique, the book presents a remarkably compelling argument about digital performance while simultaneously making a case for the relevance of the history of performance studies theory and scholarship to media and digital studies in the 21st century.

Mindy Fenske (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina (UofSC).