The remediation of the personal photograph and the politics of self-representation in digital storytelling

Vivienne, Sonja and Burgess, Jean (2013) The remediation of the personal photograph and the politics of self-representation in digital storytelling. Journal of Material Culture, 18 3: 279-298. doi:10.1177/1359183513492080

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Author Vivienne, Sonja
Burgess, Jean
Title The remediation of the personal photograph and the politics of self-representation in digital storytelling
Journal name Journal of Material Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1835
1460-3586
Publication date 2013-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1359183513492080
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 279
End page 298
Total pages 20
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Over the past couple of decades, the cultural field formerly known as 'domestic', and later 'personal' photography has been remediated and transformed as part of the social web, with its convergence of personal expression, interpersonal communication and online social networks (most recently via platforms such as Flickr, Facebook and Twitter). Meanwhile, the digital storytelling movement (involving the workshop-based production of short autobiographical videos) from its beginnings in the mid-1990s relied heavily on the narrative power of the personal photograph, often sourced from family albums and later from online archives. This article addresses the new issues arising for the politics of self-representation and personal photography in the era of social media, focusing particularly on the consequences of online image-sharing. It discusses in detail the practices of selection, curation, manipulation and editing of personal photographic images among a group of activist-oriented queer digital storytellers who have in common a stated desire to share their personal stories in pursuit of social change and whose stories often aim to address both intimate and antagonistic publics.
Keyword Digital storytelling
Internet studies
Photography
Privacy
Queer identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
 
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