'Stories': social media and ephemeral narratives as memoir

Cardell, Kylie, Douglas, Kate, and Maguire, Emma (2017) 'Stories': social media and ephemeral narratives as memoir. In: Avieson, Bunty, Giles, Fiona, and Joseph, Sue, (eds.) Mediating Memory: tracing the limits of memoir. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature . Routledge, New York, NY, USA, pp. 157-172.

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In late 2016, the photo-sharing social media app Instagram introduced 'Stories', a function that enables users to post content with a twenty-four hour lifespan. The storyteller can add to their story during the day - structuring a chronological though fragmented snapshot of the day, and friends can view the story as many times as they like, but after twenty-four hours the story is automatically deleted. Over the past ten years, social media modes have offered a plethora of different formats for self-representation from MySpace to blogs, Facebook and Twitter, to Instagram and Snapchat, and it is argued that these representations and the texts they create should be considered a type of memoir for the digital age. Instagram is a premier image-sharing social media platform, but it is not the only popular app that allows users to share photographs. Snapchat began as an image messaging application with a difference.

Item ID: 57255
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-09272-3
Keywords: youth, media, social media, life narrative, autobiography, life writing, memoir
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 01:38
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 100%
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