I tell myself : performing identity in a digital public sphere

dc.contributor.advisorMiller, Lynn, 1951-
dc.creatorMalof, Peter Kildare, 1962-
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-04T19:46:32Z
dc.date.available2017-05-04T19:46:32Z
dc.date.issued2007-05
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines new and expanding forms of personal storytelling in digital culture, asking whether they are contributing to a meaningful evolution of the public sphere, or merely fostering a culture of narcissism, as some charge. Theories from fields ranging from performance studies, political science, psychology, media studies, and life writing—along with my personal experiences creating a filmic performance entitled I Tell Myself (a 75-minute video production that complements this report)—have convinced me that much of the identity-construction potential found in art forms such as live autoperformance and written memoir is also found in Internet confessionals and other contemporary filmic forms which, on the surface, may appear to be largely solipsistic. I show that current tendencies to blur distinctions between public and private discourse are leading to an emerging form of democratic agonism that is culturally transformative.en_US
dc.description.departmentTheatre and Danceen_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T24F1MQ1H
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/46717
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.rights.restrictionRestricteden_US
dc.subjectPersonal storytellingen_US
dc.subjectDigital cultureen_US
dc.subjectCulture of narcissismen_US
dc.titleI tell myself : performing identity in a digital public sphereen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentTheatre and Danceen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatreen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US

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