The main concepts I want to make sure you got are:
1. Goffman’s dramaturgical approach vs. (plus) Hogan’s exhibitional approach.
2. Identity as performance – or more, performativity. See Judith Butler explain the idea (3 min. video) that self & identity are not performed, but are created and re-created and constantly renegotiated. This is consistent with lines of thinking from symbolic interactionism and social psychology – see Gergen & Gergen, Narratives of the Self (pdf.) and also Andersen, S. M., & Chen, S. (2002). The relational self: An interpersonal social-cognitive theory. Psychological Review, 109(4), 619–645. doi:10.1037//0033-295X.109.4.619.
3. Context collapse. – this is related to how we manage multiple groups online. See also:
Lampinen, A., Tamminen, S., & Oulasvirta, A. (2009). “All My People Right Here, Right Now”: Management of group co-presence on a social networking site. Proc. GROUP ’09, 281. doi:10.1145/1531674.1531717
Stutzman, F., & Hartzog, W. (2012). Boundary regulation in social media. Proc. CHI ’12, 769–778. doi:10.1145/2145204.2145320
4. Lowest common denominator – aka the mother in law check.
A few selections from the many more interesting citations on this topic:
DiMicco, J. M., & Millen, D. R. (2007). Identity management: Multiple presentations of self in facebook. 2007 International ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work GROUP ’07, 383–386.
Mischaud, E. (2007). Twitter: Expressions of the whole self. An investigation into user appropriation of a web-based communications platform. London: Media@ lse. Retrieved May 20, 2008 From Http://Www. Lse. Ac. Uk/Collections/Media@ Lse/mediaWorkingPapers/MScDissertationSeries/Mi Sch Aud_Final. Pdf, 1–53.
Pike, J. V., Bateman, P. J., & Butler, B. S. (2009). I Didn’t Know You Could See That: The Effect of Social Networking Environment Characteristics on Publicness and Self-Disclosure, 1–9. Retrieved from http://www.katzis.org/wiki/images/e/ec/PikeBatemanButler2009.pdf
Mehdizadeh, S. (2010). Self-Presentation 2.0: Narcissism and Self-Esteem on Facebook. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 13(4), 357–364.
Marwick, A. E., & boyd, D. (2011). I tweet honestly, I tweet passionately: Twitter users, context collapse, and the imagined audience. New Media & Society, 13(1), 114–133. doi:10.1177/1461444810365313
My questions for you:
Did I miss anything? Do you have questions about any of this? Please comment. Also, what research questions emerge for you from these issues? For me, the focus is on context collapse. I try to figure out how to help students deal with this. And I inquire how various groups of people deal with context collapse and how they manage their various social groups across different social media.
Remember to tweet and blog and comment heavily this coming week so we can all get used to communicating with each other using these media.