'What's on your mind?' Writing on Facebook as a tool for self-formation
Sauter, Theresa (2014) 'What's on your mind?' Writing on Facebook as a tool for self-formation. New Media & Society, 16(5), pp. 823-839.
In the context of modern western psychologised, techno-social hybrid realities, where individuals are incited constantly to work on themselves and perform their self-development in public, the use of online social networking sites (SNSs) can be conceptualised as what Foucault has described as a ‘technique of self’. This article explores examples of status updates on Facebook to reveal that writing on Facebook is a tool for self-formation with historical roots. Exploring examples of self-writing from the past, and considering some of the continuities and discontinuities between these age-old practices and their modern translations, provides a non-technologically deterministic and historically aware way of thinking about the use of new media technologies in modern societies that understands them to be more than mere tools for communication.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Published online before print July 8, 2013|
|Keywords:||Facebook, governance, psychologisation, public, self-formation, social networking sites, technique of self, techno-social, writing|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2014 Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Deposited On:||24 Mar 2014 23:24|
|Last Modified:||17 Dec 2014 06:15|
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