Shout Into the Wind, and It Shouts Back: Identity and interactional tensions on LiveJournal

Lori Kendall


The use of LiveJournal to create personal journal-style weblogs exposes issues concerning identity management and audience control. Tensions exist between (1) notions of diaries as personal and private vs. the recognition of online journals as public and performative; (2) the efficiency of blending one's social contacts into one audience vs. the ability to provide different self-presentations to different groups; (3) the desire for personal control of discourse vs. the desire for connection to others; and (4) values of individualism and autonomy vs. the desire for feedback and attention. Contents

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