Thursday, January 03, 2008

My Cyber-face

Online Perfomativity

Okay, so any NYTime article that references Goffman's theory of performativity does pique my interest. And if it's an article online self-presentation! I mean, I did write a whole M.A. thesis that, in part, considers what behavior - through the regulation of the public sphere - is "acceptable" online (and, why is it okay to threaten violence against women if they are self-identified feminists?).

While there is nothing particularly groundbreaking per se in "Putting Your Best Cyberface Forward," I do see this article as a great quick-read for instructors to share with students. Being media savvy these days means a lot more than learning to be skeptical of information in advertisements or checking the veracity of internet sources. It's also about self-presentation - specifically the art of crafting one's life, online - and the repercussions that online play has offline (and vice versa).

Musing: I wonder what my own personal online "brand" is...

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