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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

Anonymity allows for greater acceptance and inclusiveness in online communities.

Abstract The topic that I will be discussing through the conference will be based upon identity in communities and networks. The broad topic focuses on the identity of people in various social media platforms and communities on the web. According to Deng 1995 cited by Fearon 1999  Identity is described as the way in which individuals and groups define themselves and how they are defined by others based on race, ethnicity, religion, culture. On the other hand according to BE, 2011 a community Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Black Bodies on White Women, Destructive Identity Play

Thesis Statement Social media has become a place for diverse beauty expressions however these are easily co-opted by white capitalism . Abstract The internet and social media has always been a platform that is considered as a community, where individuals can be themselves and be accepted. Many scholars have explored identity performance online both as a positive form of exploration and a negative form of deception. Social media, in particular Instagram has become a platform for brands to Read more [...]