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The Qualified Self: Social Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life

Lee Humphreys


Social critiques argue that social media has made us narcissistic, that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are all vehicles for me-promotion. This book offers a different view. It shows that sharing the mundane details of our lives—what we ate for lunch, where we went on vacation, who dropped in for a visit—didn't begin with mobile devices and social media. People have used media to catalog and share their lives for several centuries. Pocket diaries, photo albums, and baby books are the predigital precursors of today's digital and mobile platforms for posting text and images. The abilit ... More

Keywords: social media, media accounting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, daily lives, diary, photo albums, selfie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037853
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lee Humphreys, author
Cornell University

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