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In today's media-saturated world, identities are no longer built solely within the close-knit communities of family, neighborhood, school, and work. Today media are part of our world and therefore play an important role in the formulations of our identities or constructions of self. In a truly postmodern mode, Constructing the Self in a Mediated World not only brings together the usually segregated areas of interpersonal and mass communication but also incorporates works from scholars in sociology, psychology, and women's studies as well. Each essay examines our understanding of self in a different context of mediated culture within a specific framework of interpretive theories such as critical theory, social constructionist theory, and feminism. This volume provides insights into issues of self and identity in contemporary mediated ...

The Self and Mediated Communication
The self and mediated communication
Thomas R.Lindlof

A recent plot in the popular soap opera All My Children involves a burgeoning romance over the Internet, where two people engage in discourse about themselves. Using e-mail pseudonyms, these individuals share information about self on a daily basis. When they arrive at the office each morning, they look forward to going “on-line” and learning about one another's passions, dislikes, and so forth. The twist is that in life off the Internet, these romancers actually know each other. In fact, unknown to them, they are office mates whose desks are within 10 feet of one another. As they court in cyberspace (sitting at their office desks), they sometimes observe each other using the computer in ...

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