Argumentative Essay On Tumblr

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Register to read the introduction… In the real world I sometimes show myself as a fan by wearing t-shirts that represent Hannibal and discussing the show with others, but it is not a dominant trait and is instead compartmentalised to particular social contexts where it is deemed appropriate. In contrast, all of my online interactions within the segregated audience of Tumblr (Robards, 2010, 20) are mediated by my ‘fan identity’; it is where subversive communities of shared interests promote the expression of identity through enthusiastic discussion and creative expression (Coleman, 2011, 32). Within the Tumblr community, I have attained a position of authority, akin to Boellstorff’s notion of an ‘oldbie’ (2008, 126); status on Tumblr is a result of follower count, total number of posts and blog content. My account has an accumulative following of more than nine thousand users. Consequently, other users view me as a more or less omniscient figure and ask me questions (fig. 1) which I reply to with an authoritative voice, speaking from a ‘position of collective identity’ (Jenkins, 2012, 333). In contrast to this, I usually do not initiate conversation in real life situations, my speech and body language lack authority, and I overuse …show more content…
A number of core traits remain consistent between the two, but the front that I present is vastly different between my physical and Tumblr selves. My Tumblr self is a far more conscious construction, where my interaction with others is choreographed to suit the expectation of my audience; although it is still a version of me, it is groomed to fulfil a function. My physical self is far more spontaneous and the majority of the time I manage it subconsciously, switching between subject positions as required by context. In my own experience, web technologies such as Tumblr allow us to create identities that do not exist in any other world, online or offline; the diversity of online environments means that no two versions of our identities are ever the

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