Facebook, Identity, and Deception: Explorations of Online Identity Construction

Facebook, Identity, and Deception: Explorations of Online Identity Construction

J. Jacob Jenkins (California State University Channel Islands, USA) and Patrick J. Dillon (University of Memphis, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4482-3.ch002
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Abstract

This project uses the social networking site Facebook to explore notions of personal identity: Its conception, construction, and expression. Students begin the assignment by creating a fictitious Facebook account. Second, students work to create an online identity through this account that is dissimilar from the way they perceive themselves. Students conclude by presenting their fictitious Facebook profiles to the rest of the class, discussing how/why it differs from their “real” identities, how/why they made the decisions they did, etc.

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