Behind the scaremongering headlines about the ways the Web is changing our world is a fear that something fundamental about us is being transformed by our online lives. This week’s Untangling the Web looks at the ways in which this technology has affected our identities: who we think we are.
It will focus specifically on the research about the relationship between online and offline identity: is the web, as Professor Sherry Turkle has argued for almost two decades, an enormous identity laboratory, where we try on different selves before integrating them into our offline lives? Are we more likely to achieve self-actualisation because of Twitter and Facebook, or are we fragmenting ourselves and losing a sense of our selves?
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