• Bookish Identities: How the Online Reading Community Empowers the Self

    Author(s):
    Leah Perry (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Library science, Information science, Information behavior, Reading, Identity (Psychology), Internet, Culture, Publishers and publishing, Libraries
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    Library and information science, Information behaviour, Identity, Internet culture, Publishing
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/aeyq-7e93
    Abstract:
    The pervasiveness and increasing usage of digital technologies and information communication technologies (ICTs) influences not only how we view the world around us, but how we view ourselves. We are plugged in to an incessant stream of information and networked to other informational entities – or inforgs (Floridi, 2010) – and in order to find our place in the vast landscape of the Web, we bring to it elements of our identities and settle amongst others whom we share, or want to share, traits with. In pockets across various social media platforms, the online reading community occupies a space where readers produce, disseminate, discuss, evaluate, and organise information, and are empowered to be in control of information regarding their identities and their shared – and at times conflicting – interests. This essay will examine how these modern forms of publishing and subsequent information behaviour provide ways to explore and express identity. Firstly, this essay will briefly examine how reading and social media as a broad concept connects to questions of identity; then it will consider three topics where the online reading community empowers the self: collaborative production, information source evaluation, and knowledge organisation.
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