Changing Lifestyles in Transforming Societies
Edited By Airi-Alina Allaste
How does online experience inform our sense of self? NSFW blogger identity narratives: Katrin Tiidenberg
How does online experience inform our sense of self? NSFW blogger identity narratives Katrin Tiidenberg Introduction ‘Nowadays, one of the most exciting social, as well as romantic, sites to visit is cyberspace,’ Ben-Ze’ev (2004) writes in his book ‘Love Online’. Based on in- depth interviews with witty, creative professionals (and not at all the furry- palmed and beady-eyed sex addicts stereotypically depicted as internet porn and erotica producers/ prosumers (Bruns 2006)), who emerged from behind NSFW28 blogs, this chapter will illustrate the participants’ narrative identities and their formation. I will outline how the bloggers’ identity work constructs them as dif- ferent from others, as responsible (or not) agents, and which events are con- structed as formative or transformative in past time and space. This chapter will contribute to understanding internet as a social space for identity work and so- cial reality construction, and belonging to online communities as a lifestyle choice. Many of the former socialist countries are doing extremely well in terms of internet penetration, and the general population’s internet agility. According to the data from Statistics Estonia, 90% of all Estonian households with children had a broadband connection in the first quarter of 2012. Estonia is also the first in the world in terms of digital freedom according to Freedom House’s ‘Free- dom on the Net 2012’ report. Banking, tax paying and voting have moved online (71% of users in Estonia had completed tax returns online and 62% gotten digi- tal prescriptions, 2012, Statistics Estonia) and various...
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