As we shift from sound to our final section on digital media this coming week, we also shift from thinking about what it means to produce and consume sound in a digital environment to the question of how we all produce and consume information online. Our first author, danah boyd, is the reigning authority on social media and identity, particularly with regard to young people. So for this week’s post, you should engage with a key moment in boyd’s argument in her chapter “Identity” (remember to focus on this chapter for Monday; the Introduction is now optional). What concepts, ideas, issues, claims, etc., seem most important, intriguing, striking, provocative, etc., to you? Because boyd is doing ethnographic work, her writing has a lot of detailed anecdotes and examples, but try to focus instead on a larger claim or assertion she’s making rather than a particular story. Your response to that piece should have two elements:
- First, quoting and citing that claim, you should do some writing to develop about what’s important or interesting to you about it, much as we’ve been doing with the open-ended posts recently.
- In addition, you should include in your post an example of digital material that illustrates or speaks to what you see as important or interesting in the passage you’ve chosen. This can take any number of forms: a picture posted online, a status post, tweet, etc. — anywhere where you see someone performing their identity online in a way that relates to boyd’s thinking. If it’s publicly accessible online, you should include a link to it in your post. If it’s not, you should take a screen capture of it and email it to me.
I’m interested to see what everyone comes up with as we head into the digital world — have a good weekend!
Reminder: your response should go in the comments section for this post — click the “Leave a Comment” link at the top of the post. It should be at least 250 words, and is due by midnight on Sunday, April 2nd. If you have any questions, let me know via email.