News and the Networked Self: Performativity, Platforms, and Journalistic Epistemologies

Matt Carlson, Seth C Lewis

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This chapter discusses to the perspective of news and social media platforms as important on an epistemic level. The production of knowledge is social, and to understand news as vital knowledge about the world around us is to care about its production, circulation, and consumption. News and identity performance take on a different character in the context of social media. For news to become a key component of the networked self requires not only the identity work of individuals but the networks where this work takes place. There are many different sites where the networked self arises, and new sites emerges in between when this is written and when it is read. The combination of news performativity and the platforms where this takes place leads to the inevitable question of consequence. The journalistic shifts described—from the model of passive reception to active engagement and from mass communication channels to the network—affect how journalism works as a form of shared knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Networked Self and Platforms, Stories, Connections
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351758079
ISBN (Print)9781138722682
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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