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Lecture 7

Soc302 Lecture 7

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC202H5
Professor
Kate Cairns
Semester
Winter

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Lecture 7 2014­04­05 Understanding our object of analysis: • What is Facebook? • Why and how do we use it? What are its benefits?  • • What are its drawbacks? Constructing Facebook identities: • Symbolic interactionism: we create meaning and identities through social interaction with  others—micro level sociological perspectives.  • Theories start from different perspectives  • Group Discussion: o How do specific Facebook activities work to present you as a certain kind of person? o What aspects of your identity do you highlight on Facebook, and what do you keep to yourself? o Consider your most recent Facebook activities—what do they say about who you are?  Erving Goffman: Dramaturgical Theory  • We all engage in impression management to present ourselves in certain ways. • We manage multiple selves for different audiences.  Perform social scripts associated with certain roles.   Front stage vs. backstage: tag photo of you that you did not want to, embarrassing or offensive  thing on your wall that becomes associated with you  Negotiate conflicting roles  …Within various relational communities   Collective identity: managing self from far away   Google plus Constructing Facebook Identities • “Curating the exhibition of the self has become a 24/7 occupation” (Marche 2012). o In what ways could this impression management be seen as empowering? • OTHHAAA SLIDESSSSSSS • How our online identities shaped by our social location? Lisa Nakamura: • Writing about text based­online games from 2002 not even Facebook  • Cybertypes: “the distinctive ways that the Internet propagates, disseminates, and commodities images  of race and racism.” (Nakamura 2002: 3) • Race doesn’t exist  • Vine: stereotypes, forum for people to make representations of racial and gender­based discrimination —stereotypes  • She looks at online games at avatars, the early days of the Internet, a lot of these online gamers were  white men, and identity tourism • They become particular type of cybertype to be similar to the specific type they need to fit in • “The choice to enact oneself as a samurai warrior constitutes identity tourism that allows a player  to appropriate an Asian racial identity without any of the risks associated with being a racial minority in  real life” (2012: 40) o Reproduces racial stereotype  o What is she critical fetishism? Taking a wordily or giant topic and making it a one dimensional  type of stereotype  • How are Facebook identities shaped by social location?
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