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Interfacing Ourselves

Living in the Digital Age, 1st Edition

Edited by Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte


254 pages

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Interfacing Ourselves consists of new work that examines digital life on three levels: individuals and digital identity; relationships routinely intertwining digital and physical connections; and broader institutional and societal realities that define the context of living in the digital age. A key focus is what it means in varied social arenas when most individuals live as co-present or multi-present—simultaneously engaged in digital and physical space—alone and with others. Topics include (among others) how: digital life contributes to well-being; individuals experience digital dependency; a smartphone is more than a smartphone; netiquette reveals social change; some online communities become prosocial salient havens while others reinforce social inequality; Millennials build intimacy; Latinx do familismo; and digital surveillance and big data redefined consumerism, advocacy, and civic engagement. Six chapters incorporate insights from hourly journals of Millennials undergoing a period of digital abstinence. Other chapters draw from surveys, digital auto-ethnography, content analysis, and other methods to explore digital life at the level of individual and interactive experience, and at a broader institutional and societal level. Ultimately, the book presents the need for living a mindful digital life by developing greater awareness as an individual, a social being, and a netizen and citizen.

Table of Contents

Introduction: This is an Invitation [Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte]

Section I. Digitizing Identity

Section I Preface

1. Offline as Misaligned: Millennials Coping with the Loss of Digital Presence [Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte]

2. Digital Ink: Social Media and Tattoo Culture in Consideration of Gender [Deborah Louise Burns]

3. Powering Down: Theoretical Lenses to Examine the Agency of Our Smartphones [Daniel Okamura]

4. From Backstage to Digital Front Stage: Online Queer Community, Identity, and Emotion Management [Lacey M. Sloan]

5. Digital Dependency Interrupted: Profiles of Withdrawal for Self-Described Internet Addicts [Grzegorz Hryniszak]

Section II. Mediated Relationships

Section II Preface

6. How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Text the Ways: Interfacing Intimacy [Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte]

7. La Familia in Digital Space and Face-to-Face: Millennial Latinx Navigating, and Reconfiguring Conceptions of Familismo [Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte and Gunnar Valgeirsson]

8. Is Unmediated More? When Physical Presence Does Not Equate to Digital Presence [Berge Apardian and Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte]

9. Interfacing Conflict: Advice Columns and Digital Life [Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte and Gunnar Valgeirsson with Sasha Santhoff]

Section III. Virtual Agency and Digital Dystopia

Section III Preface

10. Islands in the Stream: How Digital Music Piracy Became a Normal Activity [Daniel Okamura]

11. Community or Catharsis? Online Activism, Digital Community, and Social Agency [Berge Apardian]

12. Power and Money, Explaining the Rise of Digital Media through Surveillance Capitalism [Wai Kit Choi]

13. Knowing You Better than You Know Yourself: Manufacturing Perceptions [Michael Nitzani]


Section IV Preface

14. Why We Care: Netizenship and Informed Choice [Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte]

15. Annotated Methodology: Investigative Process and Research Reflections [Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte]

About the Editor

Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte is Professor of Sociology at California State University-L.A., where she was named "Woman of Distinction." She teaches popular culture, social psychology, and research methods, while serving as MA Program Director, Associate Chair, and Webmaster. Her background includes a Harvard PhD, educational program evaluation, government contract research and business consultation. Her book, Hate Crime, won a Rising Star award.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies