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IR 11.1.1

Please note that what follows are my notes, taken as I listen. Anything weird in here should be assumed to be my fault, and not that of the speakers.

Session 1: Identity: Finding Your Form Online

Kelly Bergstrom, “A Troll by Any Other Name: Reading Identity on”

— Grandpa Wiggly – turns out not to be an 80 year old man! Instead a college student, who later offered an explanation for why he did it
— saw it as interactive fiction; community thought there was some gain oriented motive involved
— community reactions: some people really upset; said Grandpa Wiggly was a troll
— so what is a troll? Disrupts discussions, offers bad advice, fractures community; Grandpa Wiggly didn’t do any of these, actually brought community together rather than fracturing it
— Grandpa Wiggly as lens for studying identity formation; IAmA forum has expectations of transparency
— Reddit Internet detectives
— does a troll need to know they’re a troll in order to be a troll?
— Grandpa Wiggly is back, and no one seems to be upset about it

Yoonmo Sang, “Rethinging ‘Right of Reply’ on the Internet: Striking a Balance Between Competing Interests”

— right of reply’s chilling effects on freedom of the press vs individual’s repetitional rights
— current state of right of reply in S. Korea and US
— US law supports freedom of press, but not ideal for individuals; right of reply legislation would equalize situation

Nora Madison, “Bi Watchdogs: Patrolling the Borders of (In)visibility”

— sites focusing on bisexual identity challenging boundaries of binary system of gay/straight
— legitimacy of bisexual identity is source of contention within LGxxx community
— “The New Bisexual”
— anxiety about threat of erasure; community members scan press (esp established LG press) for exclusion of bisexuality; campaigning for inclusion of bisexuality in such representations
— identity formation online not just about self-definition but also creating visibility

Jennifer Cypher, “Questioning Anonymity in the Blogosphere: A Blogging Cycle of Identity Formation”

— construction of identity among anonymous/pseudonymous (zero comment, zero reader) bloggers
— phase 1: identity-in-isolation; phase 2: construction and revelation; phase 3: call and response; phase 4: identity-in-community; phase 5: recognizing a “blogging identity”; phase 6: the potential for choices regarding the blogging identity
— choices: bringing together pseudonymous with non-pseudonymous identities
— pseudonym + concealment = anonymity? Seems so to some bloggers,ut not really; part of community
— sense of anonymous communities?
Seems so to some bloggers,ut not really; part of community
— sense of anonymous communities?
— is this kind of anonymity sustainable? Depends on how you define sustainability


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