will discuss two case studies from her dissertation: Social media content reflecting on a collection of images called Yolocaust
, and geotagging practices during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. In Yolocaust
, artist Shahak Shapira took selfies out of the “real” world and put them into an historical re-imaging to make a rhetorically powerful point. In the case of the Dakota Access protests, social media users manipulated geotagging technology to place their virtual presence into a “real” world setting to create a rhetorically powerful message of themselves as being directly involved in the protests when they were not. In general, social media users took real people and placed them into a faux visual or locational reconstruction for rhetorical purposes. In each case, the communicators were creating a fictional representation of self in order to frame audiences’ perspectives of the issues at hand.