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The Digital Turn: User’s Practices and Cultural Transformations

Edited By Pille Runnel, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Piret Viires and Marin Laak

By combining the analysis of the new forms and environments of the digital world with critical scholarship of the role of the users, this book argues that cultural field is facing a challenge of the digital turn. The digital turn hereby implies that changes in the use and application of digital technology bring on changes in practice and in the relationships between cultural institutions and audiences. We approach the changes in society from the structural (institutional) as well as from the agential (audiences, users, individuals) perspective. The authors represented in this book share the view that there is no need to fear the new media pushing aside traditional cultural forms, acknowledging at the same time that the scope of this cultural change is far from understood.


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Life-Publishing on the Internet – a Playful Field of Life-Narrating. Sari Östman


147 Life-Publishing on the Internet – a Playful Field of Life-Narrating Sari Östman PhD Student Digital Culture, University of Turku Department of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies PL 124 28101, Pori Finland sari.ostman@utu.� 1. Introduction Life-publishing is a new concept that I have been developing since 2007. It in- cludes different ways of relating one’s everyday life on the Internet. I am current- ly studying life-publishing as a � eld of autobiographical practice. My material triangulation includes 30 thematical narratives, 18 interviews and over 70 internet publications that are produced by 30 Finnish informants who have signed up for my research on a web survey. In this paper, the material consists of 15 informants who had written their narratives by the autumn of 2010. Ten of them had sent me their texts during the pilot period in 2008-2009. The remaining � ve narratives were more recent, produced in the winter of 2009-2010. Ten of the 15 informants have given me their permission to follow their pub- lications. Since some of them publish their lives on many different forums, the total of the web contents for this paper is 22 publications. They include blogs and micro-blogs, communal sites (e.g. Facebook) and homepages. Three of the informants are men, the rest are women. This does not necessar- ily mean that life-publishing is ‘feminine’ by nature, although it seems possible that women are more likely to recognise themselves as life-publishers. The ages vary from 21 to 61 and women between the ages of 21 and...

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