Walker, “Seeing ourselves…”

I love how Rettberg flawlessly jumps from the 1500s to the 2000s by connecting the representation of how we see ourselves through the use of different technology. We may see ourselves in a distorted way and represent ourselves like Parmigianino did, or maybe me post a duck-lip selfie. FLAWLESS.

–Rant– As a teacher I hear all of this talk about how students now are so selfish. That all they care about is themselves and it’s represented on their social media webistes liek Facebook, etc. Rettberg debunks this opinion/ideal with this quote, “But self-representations have always been part of our culture.” Wait, what? YES. This also supports what she goes on to explain about autobiographies, journals, the logs of a farmer. They’re all personal documents that another has(possibly) improved from or learned from. Isn’t that what we all discussed was important to blogs?

I also like how she used the term, “habit tracker”.

“But when we merely lurk or follow, we position ourselves as traditional readers, as voyeurs, as an audience – and from this point of view, we analyse the other writer primarily as a text rather than as a living, breathing human being.”– This part of the text reminded me of my class last semester with professor Morgan where the analyzed multiple websites. We analyzed the text, the links, the photos, the way the website was set up, etc.

I know we didn’t have to post about the readings, but I really enjoyed this one.


One thought on “Walker, “Seeing ourselves…”

  1. I’m with you on the idea that a generational difference explains much about what students do with social media. We tend to use social media differently because we’re addressing and using it for different audiences. A formal portrait would be out of place in a twitter selfie for a public of 15 year olds. It’s a matter of fitting in with that public, which is a matter related to identity.


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