Appearing out of line: maintaining varied identities

Shamil Zainuddin, Graham I. Johnson, Jocelyn Sie

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Who are you? A deceivingly simple question with a complicated answer, especially when posed to young adults in Singapore, tackling on- and offline notions of identity. In an attempt to shed more light on this conundrum, we looked to where identity seems most visible these days, social media. We interviewed, observed and analysed the online sites and smartphone apps of three young women who have grown up in the age of the internet, to find out how they ‘manage’ their identities and what the offline/online mean to them.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventBetween the lines: reevaluating the online/offline binary - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 18 Apr 201518 Apr 2015


WorkshopBetween the lines
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
OtherThis workshop brings together scholars, designers, developers, and practitioners who engage with people’s practices of self and identity management online and offline. The goal is to unpack implied assumptions and articulate what “online” and “offline” really mean. This involves exploring and explaining how these terms are used, when, by whom, and why. In addition, we will explore what—if any—leverage the different conceptualizations bring, and discuss the value of thinking about “online” and “offline” as more than conventions that describe human-embodied face-to-face interaction, as opposed to digitally mediated contexts. Overall, the ongoing debate that scholars in different spheres have had about online/offline becomes newly focused when we address what this means through the lens of self and identity. This workshop aims to engage and refresh our thinking about this topic while drawing together threads from different fields and ways of thinking.
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  • Social media
  • Identity management
  • Authenticity
  • Expressin


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