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The You in Youtube – Conclusion for Travelogue 4

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  1. Ryan 13:38, Apr 20th, 10

    Nice conlusion. So you mainly focused on Youtube videos it seemed in the end where identities were accepted or rejected based on others’ comments. Interesting. So basically other people had the authority to dictate whether or not the person was fake or real – wow. But why do you think people post videos of themselves then? Is it to reaffirm their own thoughts on who they are or to find out through others’ affirmation or negation if they are who they think they are (tongue twister)? Or does this online identity depend upon what context the person is under like trying to perform an act or talk about a topic? Or do you think that it’s a self-reflection of one’s own narcissistic desire through the desired goal to be affirmed and lauded by others?

  2. nadine 10:24, Apr 22nd, 10

    I think you could either interpret it like Ryan- that youtube videos are the expression of a narcissistic desire to be affirmed by others. On the other hand, if the others ultimately decide about one’s identity, isn’t it a way to get feedback? How does it differ from real life? It is interesting that all the people that figure in your video are teens. Is it because they are in the natural process of finding out who they are and what they want in life? Do they react so vehemently because they aren’t sure themselves who they really are? I think that a strong reaction always reflects one’s own insecurity: you know that there is a grain of truth…
    I think that the assumption of your analysis is- like Freud- that personality is dividable into different parts (the part that you see, that others see, that you really are, or the “ego”, “id” and “super-ego”). Adler, however, thought that you have to consider personality as a whole, not as a conglomerate of mechanisms and dynamic parts. It would be interesting to see how the different psychology schools would interpret your findings.