[Id]entities as a Multilayered Self: The Individual Pervasiveness of Social Networks Abstract

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  • Really Existing Social Media

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  • [Id]entities as a Multilayered Self: The Individual Pervasiveness of Social Networks Abstract

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  • The dissolution of the ‘identity’ as we used to know it (before the networks) has led to an ongoing fragmented and fast evolution. In a networked society, identities can be formed by extremely varied and juxtaposed layers of what results finally as an “enriched self.” In fact, there’s a constant mediation that is applied to every single identity through multiple platforms and standards usually identified with the popular “web 2.0” expression. This mediation leads to multiple partial representations of the self in a multilayered form. What happens is that out of the ordinary physical life, our mind has already started to think in these terms. We feel our identity not anymore as an indivisible whole, but as composed of different pieces that are deeply and reciprocally influenced by our online experience.

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