Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private by Sonja Vivienne

By Sonja Vivienne

This booklet reinvigorates the distance among scholarly texts on self-representation, voice and service provider and sensible field-guides to neighborhood media and electronic storytelling. It deals mirrored image at the moral praxis of co-creative media, and an quintessential suite of digitally savvy illustration suggestions, pertinent to fashionable humans in all places.

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We are white, middle class, affluent, educated . . all those things. We’re not vulnerable. Not to say on a daily basis I don’t feel discriminated against . . but there’s a lot of people out there whose lives are a million times worse than mine, I don’t have much to complain about . . I’m in a safe position to put myself out there . . (Tomlins, interview, 2010) As corresponding issues of queer visibility, homophobia and same-sex marriage are debated in the United States many interesting online projects have emerged featuring personal storytelling as a tool for catalysing social change.

0. Finally, in Chapter 7, I discuss my findings across the three case studies and argue that a more nuanced understanding of the intertwined complexities of voice, identity and networked publics may result in better design of face-to-face and online initiatives, both formal and uncoordinated. Further, my findings map onto generic experiences of managing privacy and publicness in an era of ubiquitous social media, and offer insight for anyone engaging in identity curation as a pathway to active and fulfilling citizenship.

Thumim, 2008, p. 98) How can this shaping of the production and consumption of identity narratives avoid a constitutive effect on everyday performances of identity? Notions of performativity (Butler, 1990) trouble understandings of truth, fiction and authenticity by acknowledging that individuals routinely modify aspects of their identity according to social context. Analytical tools derived from queer theory are brought to bear in a more detailed exploration of identity construction in digital stories in Chapter 3.

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