4/3/17

Social Media Got You Down? Be More Like Beyonce-

Apparats: Fictional piece of technology introduced in Gary Shteyngart’s, “Super Sad True Love Story,” used as a leeway to introduce increasing technological advancements as well as the human dependency in terms of convenience and connection.

Beyonce- An iconic music artist who is discussed throughout the duration of Wortham’s work. She makes the claim that Beyonce “lives, breathes, and promotes real life” through her social media.

Cyberfeminism- exploitation of feminism in a cyber setting.

Jenna Wortham begins by prefacing her claims by presenting the apparats technology that is the bulk of the 2010 novel “Super Sad True Love Story,” she then goes on to discuss the more relevant, modern advancements associated with social media like Facebook and Instagram. Wortham praises the icon, Beyonce, through her eloquent use of social media as Beyonce’s usage of social media is a defining factor of herself as a celebrity and an artist as it is made known that Beyonce’s social media use is reflective of her creative works.

“Social media has, in it’s own way, provided us a means of generating other selves.”

“We could instead use social media as a prism through which we can project only what we want others to see.”

Projecting ONLY what we want others to see is a means of generating “other selves.” We should not use social media as a prism for solely what we want others to see because this filters who we truly are. Ultimately, this filtering of oneself an online sense creates a false reality that could translate into a dangerous, unrealistic perception of oneself. These false perceptions based on a specific online presence, creates the mindset of: if this is how people see me online, this is who I am. It also further stimulates the dangerous compulsion to care what others think. By constantly thinking about what we want others to see, or by constantly thinking about our image online, distracts from true self evaluation and the genuine expression of oneself.

Do you personally think Beyonce was a good example of the author’s main claim?

Dramaturgical- dramatic composition and the representation of the main elements of drama on the stage.

In terms of the reading: Dramaturgical sociology- human interactions are dependent upon time, place, and audience.

Impression management: a person’s attempt to influence the perceptions of other people about a person, object or event.

“In a nutshell when we tell someone to act naturally we tell him or her to do a better job at managing the impressions that they are giving.”

“If we are not being ourselves, what are we being?”

“Self Presentation and the Dramaturgical Perspective” analyzes basic human nature as sociology suggests that humans are always putting on a performance to manage the impressions they will receive from certain people. Schulman emphasizes that people manage how they act by encompassing personas as humans dread negative social judgements and seek social approval. Schulman lists reasons for familiarizing oneself with dramaturgical perspectives by emphasizing the creation, deception, and management of certain appearances and what that means for an individual and other perspective humans.

Schulman offers subliminal support towards the argument on the negativity or positivity of social media. With the discussion of social media as a constant filter, Schulman brings to light that our lives, relationships, and interactions are inherently and thoughtlessly filtered. I know, personally, that I have different groups of people I associate with and I might not always be the same as I move from group to group. It is safe to say that we have schemas or “scripts” that determine our behavior and how we outwardly manage our impressions. Despite these schemas or scripts (how to behave in a classroom, first date) they are ultimately cultivated through the social construction of what it is to be normal in certain situations. To combat conformity, I always find a little glimmer of who I am in every interaction no matter the impression I am trying to make, or the relationship I am trying to manage. Conclusively, performances are interdependent on the

Is it safe to say that we are constantly living a life with a prevalent filter that colors our interactions and relationships?

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