The Self on Social Media

A Panel on “The Self on Social Media”
as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media
8-11 May 2017, Athens, Greece
sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications

The Mass Media & Communication Unit of ATINER organizes A Panel on “The Self on Social Media”, 8-11 May 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications.

This panel will explore the ways in which people construct their identity and represent themselves on social media. Since Turkle (1997) in the text Life on the Screen (1997) outline, the implications of Internet for the identity, the use of avatar and nickname, now many things have changed. We no longer distinguish between what is online and offline, since the development of “always-on” mode (Castells 2006), the ubiquity and the increased availability of devices and Internet connections has developed a continuous dimension to self, or second self, as a tethered self or legacy itself, always connected (Turkle 2006). The public is now networked publics (boyd 2011), their live of network structures and networked audience; amplify the meaning of public life and “the game of identity”.

This panel aims to present the literature and current research that illustrates the way in which the presentation of themselves and the construction of identity has changed:

  • Identity construction on Social Media
  • Self presentation
  • Teenagers and web reputation
  • Friending
  • Visual identity and imaginary.

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

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Please submit a 300-word abstract before 27 March 2017, by email, to, Dr. Gevisa La Rocca, Researcher, Kore University of Enna, Italy.

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