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Helen Wood

In: The SAGE Handbook of Identities

Chapter 14: From Media and Identity to Mediated Identity

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From Media and Identity to Mediated Identity
From media and identity to mediated identity
‘The Media are Like the Air that we Breathe’

It is now received common sense that mediated and symbolic forms play a significant role in the construction of identity in the contemporary era. So ubiquitous are media in everyday life that we can receive information, access forms of pleasure and entertainment, communicate with proximate and distanced others, as well as increasingly produce as well as consume our own media forms. In John Thompson's (1995: 24) phrase ‘the media are like the air that we breathe’. From the macro staging of world politics to the micro enabling of intimate forms of connection, much of human communication is now, in some form or other, mediated ...

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