Blog Post 3 Prompt

For this post, you may choose one of two options:

Option 1: Make some drastic changes in one of your social media profiles (I recommend Facebook, if you have a profile there). For example, you might change your relationship status, gender, the way you present yourself in your photos, the tastes you list, the style of your status updates, and so on. After making several changes, keep track of what happens over the next few days. How do your Friends react? Do you feel discomfort making these changes to your profile, or relief at changing them back? Notice if any site content changes for you – for example, do you start seeing different kinds of advertisements or suggested interests? After keeping track of your observations and experiences, write a blog post in which you summarize and attempt to explain the most interesting ones. Your blog post should go beyond mere description–you must bring in theories/concepts from the assigned readings that help to make sense of your experiences. There is no minimum number of readings/concepts you must integrate, but you should strive to make your post as closely tied to course material as possible. In other words, someone should be able to read your post and get a good idea of what we have learned so far about performing identity on social media.

Option 2: Choose a celebrity who has a prominent social media presence and analyze their identity performance using at least 3 of the assigned readings about performing identity on social media (Liu, Marwick, Marwick & boyd, Papacharissi, and Weber & Mitchell). Your blog post should go beyond mere description of the celebrity’s performance–you should use the theories/concepts from the readings to try to explain why they present themselves in the way they do. Again, someone should be able to read your post and get a good idea of what we have learned so far about performing identity on social media.

Whichever option you choose, you are encouraged to provide visual evidence (e.g. screenshots) along with your written explanations to convey your points.

Your post will be evaluated using the general blog rubric which you can find on the Assignment Instructions page.

This post should be tagged “post3” and you should also include a tag of your blogging group name. I’ve tagged this post with each of the group names so you can see which tag to use.

If you have questions about this assignment, please post them as a comment here so that we can address them and other students can see our answers as well!

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3 comments

  1. What would you say is a sufficient amount of time to leave the change up to observe the results?

    1. Looks like you already got your post up, Aly, but for anyone else wondering, I would say leave it up for as long as it takes you to make meaningful observations. 48 hours seems like a good target, but it’s up to you as the “auto-ethnographer” to make that call!

  2. So, does a YouTube celebrity count?

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