The online identity : towards a hermeneutic phenomenological approach

Barbour, Kim 2012, The online identity : towards a hermeneutic phenomenological approach, in Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Australasia 2012 : Building, Mapping, Connecting, Australasian Association for Digital Humanities, [Canberra, A. C. T.].

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Title The online identity : towards a hermeneutic phenomenological approach
Author(s) Barbour, Kim
Conference name Digital Humanities Australasia. Conference (2012 : Canberra, A. C. T.)
Conference location Canberra, A. C. T.
Conference dates 28-30 Mar. 2012
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Australasia 2012 : Building, Mapping, Connecting
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Digital Humanities Australasia. Conference
Publisher Australasian Association for Digital Humanities
Place of publication [Canberra, A. C. T.]
Keyword(s) phenomenology
online identity
Summary In order to better understand how artists working in countercultural or ‘fringe’ creative practice use social media to create online persona I am using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach to investigate the lived experience of both online and offline persona creation by tattoo artists, street artists, craftivists, and slam poets. The use of phenomenology to investigate artists’ lived experience is particularly appropriate, as ‘artists are involved in giving shape to their lived experience, the products of art are, in a sense, lived experienced transformed into transcended configurations’ (Van Manen 2006: 74). This paper will outline the methodological underpinnings of this project, using these underpinnings to explore the benefits offered by phenomenology to internet studies.

Understanding how people use online social media sites to construct personas can benefit greatly from understanding the lived experience of those who use these technologies, the decisions they make in persona construction, and the online/offline, public/private continuums. A phenomenological approach ‘seeks to revel and richly portray the nature of human phenomena and the experiences of those who live through them’ (Grace & Ajjawi 2010: 197) and offers both the researchers and the participants a way to interrogate and interpret the experience of constructing online personas. A phenomenological approach allows for ‘an intimate awareness and deep understanding’ (Saldana, Leavy & Bertvas 2011: 8) of the experience of persona construction in online and offline spaces, and could equally be used to interrogate other aspects of internet use. 
Language eng
Field of Research 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
HERDC collection year 2012
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Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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