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Communications Studies
Course Code
COMS 401
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Angie Chiang

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COMS 401 – Digital Identity – November 4, 2013
“Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucault” – Foucault, 1998
- Identity construction through established techniques/practices
- We are who we are because of specific socio-historical circumstances
- We can only use materials/technologies available to us
- Technologies of the self = new media
- Institute new practices for self-construction within existing power discourses
Anthony Giddens, 1991 “Modernity and Self Identity”
- Identity as dynamic, ever changing, evolving
- Constant process of revision
- Taking into account our environments (physical and broader socio-historical)
** Both Giddens and Foucault believe that our identities are shaped in part because of our
environments
- New media offer opportunity for reflection/revision
- We confront global discourses forcing us to rethink who we are
Gender Identity and New Media
“Bodies that Matter” – Judith Butler, 1993
- Gender is a construction that is performed through repetition
- Act on the basis of pre-existing expectations and in that process, modify them
- The ‘wrong’ gender performance opens up the way for new interpretations of gender
- Like Drag Queens – calls the feminine nature to light – goes nuts on the makeup and
femininity
- Acting as another gender in the virtual world contributes to the changing of gender
expectations
- Gender can be more playful and fluid in an online environment
- We are disembodied online
Group Activity – Group 4 – www.calgaryislam.com
- Who does this site address?

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COMS 401 – Digital Identity – November 4, 2013 “Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucault” – Foucault, 1998 - Identity construction through established techniques/practices - We are who we are because of specific socio-historical circumstances - We can only use materials/technologies available to us - Technologies of the self = new media - Institute new practices for self-construction within existing power discourses Anthony Giddens, 1991 “Modernity and Self Identity” - Identity as dynamic, ever changing, evolving - Constant process of revision - Taking into account our environments (physical and broader socio-historical) ** Both Giddens and Foucault believe that our identities are shaped in part because of our environments - New media offer opportunity for reflection/revision - We confront global discourses forcing us to rethink who we are Gender Identity and New Media “Bodies that Matter” – Ju
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