(Un)Social media: A content analysis of the centralized self on Twitter

Monday, September 13, 2021

12 p.m. 1 p.m. PT


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Julianna Kirschner
Julianna Kirschner 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.