The Host in the Machine

The Host in the Machine

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This text tackles online social networks, by navigating these systems from the birth to the death of the digital self. The author begins by examining the creation of a virtual identity in online networks popularized by websites such as Facebook and Myspace. The book subsequently explores how the social self is intrinsic to how social, cultural and professional relationships are discovered, forged and maintained. The text journeys through the popular criticisms of social networking such as employee time-wasting, bullying, stalking, the alleged links between social networks and suicide and the decline of a userAis public image. The dissonance between the performance of the virtual and non-virtual selves, and the 'offlineAi issues that can ensue, are contextualized by the 'socialAi nature of these online networks. The discussion of this digital life ends by addressing the intricacies of becoming 'web deadAi, which explores how a user removes their identity, with finality, from social networks and the entire web.In Image-Music-Text, Barthes comments on the press photograph and suggests that: even from the perspective of a purely immanent ... accompanying every press photograph.14 This can be applied to the textual communication that accompanies photographs in all networks, but in ... A user on MySpace can have several albums that are found by clicking on the usera#39;s profile picture. By contrast, on Facebook, the photo albums are not hidden and are visible directly on the usera#39;s profile.

Title:The Host in the Machine
Author: Angela Thomas-Jones
Publisher:Chandos Publishing - 2010

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