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Interpersonal surveillance on social media

By Daniel Trottier


This article examines changing rules and regimes of visibility on social media, using Facebook as a case study. Interpersonal social media surveillance warrants a care of the virtual self. Yet this care is complicated by social media’s rapid growth, and especially Facebook’s cross-contextual information flows that publicize otherwise private information. Drawing from a series of thirty interviews, this article focuses on how users perceive and manage their own visibility and take advantage of the visibility of other users. These experiences are tied to shifting understandings of private and public information, as well as new terms like “stalking” and “creeping” that frame surveillant practices

Topics: UOW9
Publisher: Canadian Journal of Communication
OAI identifier: oai:westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk:12123
Provided by: WestminsterResearch
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