Genuineness is new currency.

Ended up at the following article (via Luca’s feeds) a few days ago.

The Meanings of the Selfie (James Franco, The New York Times, 26 December 2013)

I am actually turned off when I look at an account and don’t see any selfies, because I want to know whom I’m dealing with. In our age of social networking, the selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, “Hello, this is me.”

The first thought to my mind? ‘Ow, so our study was just too ahead of its time.’

Context? Below is an excerpt from a study that Sri and I together submitted to a 2007 conference and was turned down. It was about online activists in Korea and their conscious choice not to be anonymous – for better persuasion. The reviews were a mixed bag, ranging from ‘high quality’ to ‘insufficient detail’. We probably should have tried another outlet, but other priorities back then – such as our theses! – got in the way and it was therefore shelved away after that one rejection.

As it is unrealistic to hope to find time soon to rework this one,  I am taking this advice and post it here instead.

Web 2.0 for Online Mobilisation: Identity and I-message

[…] An important feature of the Web 2.0-based online mobilisation is that political discourses are delivered in the I-message form (“I think it should be done” or “I will do it”) instead of the traditional You-message form (“You should do it”), possibly because of the non-hierarchical and individual-focused nature of Web 2.0. Therefore, a central hypothesis of the present paper is that if the author of a discourse does not reveal his/her identity, the credibility of the discourse in the eyes of the intended audience diminishes. Korean Netizens take the general purpose of user verification as alternative showing of their faces to their interlocutors like when they first establish any relationship with others in the offline world. On a finishing note, we discuss how social networking operates online in Korea, a society where the intangible normative force of face-to-face contact has always mattered.

By the way, speaking of the selfie, here’s the first one ever in 1839, and here’s the definition of a ‘shelfie’.


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