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Selfies - disconnection from ICTs

Sociological discussion programme. 'Selfies' - Laurie Taylor explores a peculiarly modern representation of 'self'. Also, people who choose to disconnect from ICTs.

'Selfies' - every day Facebook users upload 350million photos, Instagrammers share 95 million photos and there are 3 billion Snapchat snaps. A central element of visual sharing online involves 'selfies' -which often generate more comment than anything else. But why this fascination with images that can often be repetitive and unimaginative? Do they feed a culture of unhealthy narcissism, as critics assert, or are they a more complex cultural phenomenon? Also, Disconnected - why are some people turning their back on the use of any information communication technologies? Laurie Taylor talks to Mariann Hardy, Acting Director, Advanced Research in Computing at Durham University, about new research which uncovers the motives and lives of a global population which explicitly rejects our hyper connected world.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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28 minutes

READING LIST

Katrin Tiidenberg, Selfies and Why we Love (and Hate) Them, (Emerald Publishing, 2018)

Hardey, M. & Atkinson, R. (2018). Disconnected: Non-users of Information Communication TechnologiesSociological Research Online

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