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Chapter 12: Understanding Identity Representations in Multimodal Research
Accompanying the alacritous developments in the Internet and web-based technologies are increased opportunities to engage in multimodal research experiences that are mediated online. Moreover, in light of ‘media's intrusive ubiquity’ (Silverstone, 2005, p. 191), the fecundity of transmediation whereby messages are appropriated, reconfigured and retransmitted across different media platforms (Jenkins, 2006), and the alleged emergence of the ‘mediation of everything’ (Livingstone, 2009), research into offline phenomena is now inextricably linked to its online manifestations and expressions, which must be understood in order to augment ecological validity in published studies. Correspondingly, we are witnessing new formats of research presentations including electronic theses and dissertations that strive to incorporate and present online and hybrid data.