April 21, 2014
Studying the Digital Self
Five analytical concepts that can guide scholarship on virtual lives
Randy Lyhus for The Chronicle
Opportunities to compose, assemble, and network our lives have expanded exponentially since the advent of Web 2.0, in ways that challenge our understanding of the practices of self-representation.
In online venues, unlike traditional life-writing such as autobiography or memoir, the self-referential subject is both "creator" and "user." The lives that people present online are relational and interactive, co-constructed, and linked to others—family,