The Structured Self: Facebook and Social Identity

16 Sep 2014

Current Students/ Harrington School-Wide/ Informal Learning Opportunities

Please join us for a brown-bag lunch seminar on Facebook and identity with Angela Cirucci

Tuesday, September 16 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm  
Davis Hall, Davis 106 (conference room) 10 Lippitt Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

In her recent project, The Structured Self, Angela Cirucci investigates social networking sites’ structural affordances and their influence on identity creation, maintenance, performance, broadcast, and comprehension by employing Facebook as a case study. Facebook is recognized as an “ethic,” or as a mediator, that applies moral choices when filtering user input that is then displayed and aggregated through the site. Thus, the Facebook structure and its promoted cultures have implications for the many important aspects of the identification process, namely authenticity, agency, and anonymity. Angela attempts to reimagine these concepts through both a structural discourse analysis of the site and through focus group and one-on-one interviews with emerging adult users.

Questions addressed in this lecture will include:

  • What affordances are offered by Facebook for the identification process?
  • In what ways does Facebook’s structure privilege certain aspects of the identification process over others?
  • How do users perceive of the structure and its affordances?
  • How do users define notions of identity, authenticity, agency, and anonymity?

More generally, she will discuss her proposition that all social media researchers should apply a more rigorous analysis of the digital spaces they are examining.

Contact Person: Yonathan Friesem

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Contact Phone: 401-874-2110