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Wikidentities : young people collaborating on virtual identities in social network sites

Mallan, Kerry M. & Giardina, Natasha (2009) Wikidentities : young people collaborating on virtual identities in social network sites. First Monday, 14(6).

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Abstract

Wikis and social networking sites (SNS) are arguably two of the most popular tools used by young people as part of their everyday social interactions. We propose that the concept of the wiki may be useful for understanding the kinds of virtual identities that are constructed, visually presented, and narrated in online contexts, such as MySpace. The term wikidentities is used in this paper to encapsulate the kinds of identity work which may occur through SNS. We argue that wiki–like behaviour has consequences for reconceptualizing identity as something that is mediated by (rather than at odds with) technology. Our research opens up ways for considering new forms of agency for young people appropriate to a high–tech era that encourages collaboration, negotiation, and risk.

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ID Code: 20932
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: youth identity, social network sites, wikis, online friendships, risk
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
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Deposited On: 03 Jun 2009 11:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:56

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