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‘Freshly Generated for You, and Barack Obama’: How Social Media Represent Your Life

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dc.contributor.author Rettberg, Jill Walker
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-12T13:02:38Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-12T13:02:38Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12
dc.identifier.citation European Journal of Communication 24(4): 451-466 en
dc.identifier.issn 1460-3705
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/3594
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267323109345715
dc.description.abstract This article discusses the ways in which social media help us craft the narratives of our lives. Many discussions of social media look at self-presentation and the construction of identity on social network sites in particular and the Internet in general. This article switches the focus from the moment of self-construction and instead looks at ways in which social media represent our lives by filtering the data we feed into them through templates and by displaying simplified patterns, visualizations and narratives back to us. The article argues that social media help users to see themselves by taking their raw data and representing them in structured form, and gives examples of different ways in which this data is presented. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Sage en
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Journal of Communication en
dc.subject Social media en
dc.subject Social software en
dc.subject Narratives en
dc.subject Representation en
dc.subject Internet en
dc.title ‘Freshly Generated for You, and Barack Obama’: How Social Media Represent Your Life en
dc.type Journal article en
dc.type Peer reviewed no
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Humaniora: 000 en


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