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Identity in Communities and Networks

The Hallyu Community and the Identities Within Them

This essay is based around the communities and identities formed within and around South Korean pop culture Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0 Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

Online Dating: Encouraging users to depict and enhance their physical appearance online.

ABSTRACT: Online dating platforms and apps are all around us with photos being the main focus. People base opinions on what they see first and this also shapes their reaction to others. In a world that is integrating more online sites everyday it is now more evident that a picture does say a thousand words. With this being both positive and negative for its users. Some users are spending lots of time and effort into perfecting their ideal self online so they can impress and attract others. In Read more [...]
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Communities and Online Gaming Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

Cyber-Racism and Misrepresentations of Asians

INTRODUCTION Throughout the generations that has passed in this beautiful world we call ‘Earth’, the diversity of human races and religions is what makes our planet unique amongst the other in our solar system. For a diversified place such as New York City of America, you can barely walk 5 steps without encountering people of every skin color. Realistically, no race is either superior or inferior to another, all races are equal. Even in the Bible it is written, “So God created mankind in Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

The Tragic Consequences of Misrepresentation on Social Media.

Social media sites have exploded in popularity over the last decade. These sites have helped to shape the society that we are living in today and act as one of the main avenues that today’s youth take to express themselves to the outside world. We are currently living in a world where the vast majority of people have multiple social media accounts, that they are actively posting content to. A report conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (year?) found that 91% of 16-24 year olds Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

Postfeminism in Social Media: Are these young women feminists or feminazis?

Identity in Virtual Community Virtual communication, social media, and other social networking sites have functioned as full time channels of communication that have access to society and hold a significant role in self presentation and liberation (Mascheroni, Vincent, Jimenez, 2015). Photo based social media such as Instagram or Snapchat are examples of complex new media, in which the feature of sharing pictures, videos, and added texts are all inclusive making them ‘complete’ platforms Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

“Authentic” selves: How Facebook’s push for real names causes users wishing to explore their identity to invest in alternative platforms

On the early web, anonymity and pseudonymity were both accepted and expected (Christopherson, 2007). Today, our social web is a very different place, where users expect “authenticity” from one another (Lim et al., 2015), and major social networking services are policed by strict “real name” policies (Chen, 2018). Facebook, a social networking service with 2.5 billion monthly active users (Hutchinson, 2020), was an early implementer of real name policy, and continues to use it to police users Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Faking Faces: Instagram’s role in propagating unrealistic beauty standards

ABSTRACT The fundamental goal of this paper is to understand how online platforms support self-presentation and impression management in the context of Instagram profiles. Emphasis will be placed on the extent to which these online platforms propagate an ideal body image through influencers and platform affordances such as filters and third-party editing applications such as FaceTune. The various articles and research which explores this very subject have reiterated time and time again that users Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

Social networking sites mould female young adults and let them explore their multifaceted identities.

Web 2.0 revolutionized the internet and had severe social impacts in its time but the rise of social networking sites has forever affected the world we live in and the cultures that we immerse ourselves in today. Solomon (2016) states that not only has the birth and rise of these sites been revolutionary to the world wide web but they have greatly impacted people and communication as a whole. The first social media site that was used amongst thousands and started this revolution was the social networking Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

The Detrimental Effects Instagram Poses on the Self-Esteem and Mental Health of Adolescent Users

By Riley Jensen Abstract This paper will analyse the evolving damage that Instagram can have on the emotional and psychological development and behaviour of teenagers and young adults and whether Instagram is doing enough to appropriately address this issue. Extensive research spanning the last decade has proven that the application creates immense pressure for users, particularly in younger demographics, to construct and cater their content to best suit the interests of others to Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Exploring how Gen Z will suffer an identity crisis: Excessive social comparison and communication on Instagram.

ABSTRACT Although Gen Z rely on social media and networks for building identity and community, image-centric social media platforms such as Instagram are increasingly prevalent. Excessive social comparison and communication on these platforms can cause serious implications on body image, mental health, self-worth, and overall identity development for users. This paper will highlight the ways in which Instagram has facilitated detrimental implications on the identity development of Gen Z, and Read more [...]