Happy New Year WordPress! I’ve decided to once again utilise this blog that has been very beneficial to my studies for yet another module and see where my journey of learning takes me – in this case, it is Current Trends in Social Computing. Our second week was primarily focused on our digital identity but more importantly, how one portrays themselves online. The reading as assigned was ‘Senft, Theresa, & Nancy K. Baym. Selfies Introduction ~ What Does the Selfie Say? Investigating a Global Phenomenon.’ and having previously studied this reading in another module entitled ‘Digital Humanities’ in English where we studied the utilisation of digital forms of literature, I felt that this was highly relevant! The piece provides the reader with a detailed analysis on how the digital user chooses to interact with various social media giants including Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter and reflect their personality through the power of the simple “selfie”. As an avid social media user myself, it’s clear that the everyday identity of the common social media user changes and it’s clear that ‘identities are fluid’ as outlined in the reading. The selfie has become quite a significant feature of today’s “Me-Generation” and as outlined in the article as mentioned above, many feel that they can portray their true personality through the power of a selfie when this is far from the case as many young people can fabricate their lives as presented through these pictures to appeal to their surrounding society.
Furthermore, it’s important to consider the detail that the two authors delve into, concerning the pressure that mounts on people to adapt to the evolving society and how certain perceptions of people can become exaggerated. Social media is a powerful tool and it’s undeniable that Theresa Senft and Nancy K. Baym offer a variety of perspectives for people to examine this ever-evolving phenomenon. To conclude, below is a video which examines the benefits of digital and social media in the present day and it’s capability to good for not just our society but our world as a whole.