Mediating Infuences: Problematising facilitated digital self-representation

Vivienne, S 2014, 'Mediating Infuences: Problematising facilitated digital self-representation', Conjunctions, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-25.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Mediating Infuences: Problematising facilitated digital self-representation
Author(s) Vivienne, S
Year 2014
Journal name Conjunctions
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Publisher Statsbiblioteket
Abstract While Digital Storytelling has been lauded as an exemplary model of participatory cultural citizenship (particularly in initiatives for and with marginalised people), many mediating infuences make 'authentic' self-representation far from straightforward. In this article, I consider some of these mediating infuences, from both theoretical and practical perspectives, and underline their regulatory and constitutive nature. While some of these mediating infuences are timeworn and pre-date digital technology, others are perpetuated and amplifed, as is the case in networked personal storytelling disseminated online. I draw on some well-established strategies derived from anthropology and narrative practices to propose a new purpose for old tools. These tools support the nuanced and sensitive facilitation of both face-to-face and online Digital Storytelling workshops as well as the curation of web spaces in which they eventually circulate. I argue that making complex mediating infuences visible to participants affords redress of the inherent social and technical privileges of institutions, facilitators and platforms. Finally, I consider the implications of these strategies for voice, marginalised identity, cultural citizenship and social change.
Subject Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Keyword(s) Digital Storytelling
mediating influences
facilitation strategies
social change
Copyright notice © 2014. S. Vivienne. T
ISSN 2246-3755
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