Social Networking Sites (SNS) and the ‘Narcissistic Turn': The Politics of Self-Exposure

Social Networking Sites (SNS) and the ‘Narcissistic Turn': The Politics of Self-Exposure

Yasmin Ibrahim (University of Brighton, UK)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch122
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Abstract

The advent of the Internet hailed the ability of users to transform their identity and expression and articulation of the ‘self’ through their digital interactions. The Internet in its early days enabled the user to re-define identity through the text-based environment of the internet without declaring their offline persona or identity. In comparison new social software like Facebook have brought about a narcissistic turn where private details are placed on a global arena for public spectacle creating new ways of connecting and gazing into the lives of the others. It raises new social issues for societies including the rise of identity fraud, infringement of privacy, the seeking of private pleasures through public spectacle as well as the validation of one’s identity through peer recognition and consumption.

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