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The highlight of my fortnight at OIISDP was Bernie Hogan on ‘Facebook and Identity’. He did a neat round up of Goffman on performance of identity and made a point of breaking the oft made link between front stage = public and back stage = private. Bernie’s use of ‘non-addressed audiences’ (broadcasting to an unregulated or open audience) is also a more specific rendition of what I’ve been calling ‘unknown’ audiences. I like it because it blurs the boundaries between ‘intimate’ audiences composed of friends and family members and those who might be ‘unknown’ or ‘less well known’... However I wonder whether ‘collectively addressed’ audiences might be more inclusive of Bakhtin’s notion that eve

Oxford explorations

The Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme has been the highlight of my academic career so far! I got back two weeks ago today and, desperate to hold on to the experience, I’m going back through my extensive notes on ideas, inspirations and excellent references for further exploration. In a compromise between brevity and depth I’m going to describe, in some detail, my ‘highlight’ of each day - most often the provocative planting of a ‘seed’. Sunday 10th Floated into Oxford in a haze of jet lag and settled into student digs at the Potter-esque ‘Lady Margaret Hall’. Met some of the 29 other PHD student participants for welcome drinks at the local ‘Rose and Crown’. Saw Thom Yorke

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