Introduction: Expressing the (in)dividual: Social media and technologies of the self

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel; Ray, Avishek; Raman, Usha and Webb, Martin. 2023. Introduction: Expressing the (in)dividual: Social media and technologies of the self. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 29(6), pp. 1417-1421. ISSN 1354-8565 [Article]

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Expressions of the self as articulated in and through digital media lend themselves to how we might see self-making practices captured, recirculated, monetized, maneuvered and governed. This special section of Convergence explores the proliferation of digital expressions of the self on social media.
It explores how digital-audio-visual practices that have become ubiquitous in recent decades are at once shaped by, reproductive of, and a disruption to mass mediated, normative figures of personhood.

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Funding: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (P405).


Digital media, social media, self-making, online communities, dividuated selves, digital affordances, identity and normativity, platform materilities

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24 November 2023Published Online
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