Oversharing Presentations of Self in the Internet Age

ISBN-10: 0415509122
ISBN-13: 9780415509121
Edition: 2012
Authors: Ben Agger
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Description: People ‘overshare’ when they interact with others through the screens of computers and smartphones. Oversharing means to divulge more of their inner feelings, opinions and sexuality than they would in person, or even over the phone. Text  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 74
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

People ‘overshare’ when they interact with others through the screens of computers and smartphones. Oversharing means to divulge more of their inner feelings, opinions and sexuality than they would in person, or even over the phone. Text messaging, Facebooking, tweeting, camming, blogging, online dating, and Internet porn are vehicles of this oversharing, which blurs the boundary between public and private life. This book examines these ‘presentations of self,’ acknowledging that we are much more public about what used to be private. The book concludes with reflections on the impact of oversharing on identity, friendship, sexuality, family and democracy, and suggests steps people can take to re-establish the boundary between public and personal life.

Ben Agger is the author of many previous books on Media and Critical Theory, including Postponing the Postmodern: Sociological Practices, Selves, and Theories (2002).

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