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ERIC Number: EJ907222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
The Presentation of Self in the Age of Social Media: Distinguishing Performances and Exhibitions Online
Hogan, Bernie
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v30 n6 p377-386 Dec 2010
Presentation of self (via Goffman) is becoming increasingly popular as a means for explaining differences in meaning and activity of online participation. This article argues that self-presentation can be split into performances, which take place in synchronous "situations," and artifacts, which take place in asynchronous "exhibitions." Goffman's dramaturgical approach (including the notions of front and back stage) focuses on situations. Social media, on the other hand, frequently employs exhibitions, such as lists of status updates and sets of photos, alongside situational activities, such as chatting. A key difference in exhibitions is the virtual "curator" that manages and redistributes this digital content. This article introduces the exhibitional approach and the curator and suggests ways in which this approach can extend present work concerning online presentation of self. It introduces a theory of "lowest common denominator" culture employing the exhibitional approach. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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