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The Qualified SelfSocial Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life$
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Lee Humphreys

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037853

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037853.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Qualified Self

Lee Humphreys

The MIT Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. The book aims to highlight one of the very ordinary ways that people have used and continue to use media in their everyday lives. It identifies the ordinary within new media practices by comparing them with historical media practices. While it might seem new and extraordinary that people are tweeting what they had for breakfast, when put into context with historical diary practices, it reveals the ordinariness of the act itself. When we look across media over time, we see patterns of how people are incorporating media into their everyday lives. By focusing on what people do with media, rather than on the technology, we can see similarities otherwise obscured by the newness of the platform.

Keywords:   media, everyday life, new media

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