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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

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

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 [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks Indigenous People, Virtual Communities and Online Social Networks

How Facebook Communities have Changed Cultural Connections and Identity Amongst Aboriginal Australians.

This essay looks at how Facebook has shifted the way Aboriginal Australians connect with communities, enabling them to have cultural connections, define their identity, express their voice and be advocates for Aboriginal issues. This essay recognises the necessity of Facebook to facilitate a sense of belonging and a sense of self after the failures of mainstream media to bring light to important Aboriginal topics. Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Who are you? The identity paradox in virtual environments.

Abstract What is identity, one may ask can be quite tricky to define as there is no end spectrum when defining this concept. In fact, it is not uncommon for most people to come across questions like ‘Who am I’ or ‘Where do I belong’ at a certain point in life which furthermore imply the complexity of identity and continues to evolve as one progresses through life. The purpose of this paper concerns the multiple facade of identity found in virtual platforms where it aims to explore the Read more [...]
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Social Networks

Social network has helped in shaping one’s identity through the use of online dating apps

Abstract This paper will argue about the fact that one’s identity can be shaped and maintained through the use of online dating applications. Actually having an identity can be possible virtually as well. The user can shape and reshape his/her character online. In fact, while researching and writing this paper, it has been proved that one’s identity is something that is actually created by the individuals themselves. The main argument of this paper is that individuals more and more learn Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Life Through a Filter: How Social Network Pressures Lead to an Identity & Body Image Crisis

Abstract This papers details the complex issue that arise from the pressures of Social Networking Sites (SNS). While originally deemed to be merely a new form of communication, SNS have invaded our minds to the point where users subconsciously present themselves online in a way that corresponds with SNS ‘standards’. These standards are set by those that users follow, whether it be their friends/acquaintances or ‘Influencers’ who appear to be more happy, rich and successful than the onlookers. Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Branding and Identity Construction Through Online Communities

Abstract: Social media platform users aiming to project authentic representations of themselves, however on online communities, social media users follow the branding principles as companies to execute carefully constructed online identities. Through the discussion of the principles of company brand formation, the lucidity of identity construction, company and brand identity, self-branding through online communities like Tinder, nature of social identification, and online company communities on Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0 Identity in Communities and Networks

Communication and Collaboration through Web 2.0 Affordances on Virtual Online Communities for Expression of Identity: Performance of Identity on Instagram

Communication-and-Collaboration-through-Web-2.0-Affordances-on-Virtual-Online-Communities-for-Expression-of-Identity-Performance-of-Identity-on-Instagram-pdf-converted-1download Abstract: This paper will analyse, explain and discuss the ways in which online virtual communities have facilitated communication and collaboration on social networking sites (SNSs) using Web 2.0 affordances to bring out different aspects of identity. Instagram will be used as an example of a SNS to demonstrate the Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Identity Formation within Online Mental Health Communities

Abstract This paper seeks to analyse the activities and behaviours that users engage in to construct identities within online mental health communities. I argue that these communities encourage users to identify with their mental illnesses, with the potential to improve or worsen their mental wellbeing. The paper begins by discussing mental health diagnoses as a tool used to define and confirm identity in online mental health communities. Following this is an analysis of the potential for anonymity Read more [...]