The fate of the authentic self in the age of the virtual public And digital alter-identity

Rowland, Sarah (2012) The fate of the authentic self in the age of the virtual public And digital alter-identity. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Throughout our history, it is justifiably presumed that conceptions of the self have endured numerous cycles of evolution and reinvention, and have assumed uncountable redefinitions with every wave of cultural and societal development. However, with minimal hesitation it can be proclaimed that technology, in its various modes and incarnations, has stood as mankind’s, and ultimately the world’s, greatest agent of change. What was once referred to as ‘nature’ has become a distant figment of nostalgia, as human intervention has tainted and transformed near to all facets of our lived-in world. Technology has embodied man’s strive for development and noticeably, renewal. In modern times, our permeability to technological influence, as well as our seemingly primal co-dependence upon it, has unappealingly surfaced. Contemporary culture has seen concepts of identity be thrown into upheaval as our digitally saturated age has birthed a new breed of public social space, and in so doing, bore the potential for a new culture and order of human nature. Despite amorous intention of anthropological contribution and advancement, for the betterment of the life condition and propelled efficiency, profound matters of self and other ethereal metaphysics of being are altering at their most basal of levels. Foundational practices in interpersonal relation, self-representation and general development of character and identity are mutating as virtuality gains rising significance in the design and selection of primary environments for social interaction; rendering expressions of identity increasingly reliant on the composing of personally generated representations and reflections, semantics and the tenuous interpretation of data.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2012 14:51
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10

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