Is being #instagay different from an #lgbttakeover? A cross-platform investigation of sexual and gender identity performances

Duguay, Stefanie (2015) Is being #instagay different from an #lgbttakeover? A cross-platform investigation of sexual and gender identity performances. In SM&S: Social Media and Society 2015 International Conference, 27-29 July 2015, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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This paper introduces research in progress that examines how queer women perform sexual identity across social media platforms. Applying a lens of queer theory and Actor Network Theory, it discusses women’s embodied self-representations as taking on forms that both conform to and elaborate upon the selfie genre of digital representation. Acknowledging similarities and differences across platforms, specifically between Instagram and Vine, a novel walkthrough method is introduced to identify platform characteristics that shape identity performances. This method provides insights into the role of platforms in identity performances, which can be combined with analysis of user-generated content and interviews to better understand digital media’s constraints and affordances for queer representation.

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ID Code: 85139
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: apps, social media, digital methods, identity, LGBT, queer women, Actor Network Theory, queer theory, sexuality
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 > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 please consult author.
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2015 02:12
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2016 09:43

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