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FOREVER YOUNG SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE SELF-IMAGE CREATION

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Material Information

Title:
FOREVER YOUNG SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE SELF-IMAGE CREATION
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Wyllie, Alexander
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Humanities
Area of Concentration:
Art, Economics
Faculty Sponsor:
Anderson, Kim

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
This thesis, Forever Young, is an investigation into the methods and motivations of users creating online self-representations on social media platforms. The studio work that accompanies this paper is a visual exploration of how this trend’s flagship generation, the millennials, encode these avatars with identity through the use of images. It is accompanied by a survey of the strategies and uses of portraiture over the past century, in an effort to contextualize the modern day usage. The paper establishes the role of commercial imagery in the evolution of representation, and the ways in which the advertising industry appropriated the modes of encoding meaning. This assimilation was soon followed by the emergence of social media platforms, which offered even further diffusion of the control over images. In this paper I use relevant theories about the spectacle and visual culture to explore nature of this interplay, and the aspects that entice users to perpetuate it. Through the accompanying paintings and drawings I investigate the conflicts that manifest within the choices of online user content selection. Ultimately, I determine that these motivations are closely tied to the fetishization of youth, an effect of commercial imagery; a trend that has intensified due to the feedback loop inherent to this democratic system of images.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Alexander Wyllie
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
Accompanying materials: CD containing images.
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Anderson, Kim

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
S.T. 2014 W9
System ID:
AA00024705:00001

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