YouTube and You

YouTube and You: Experiences of Self-awareness in the Context Collapse of the Recording Webcam.
Explorations in Media Ecology, Volume: 8, Issue: 2
New media not only introduce new ways for us to express ourselves, but also new
forms of self-awareness—new ways to reflect on who we are and how we relate to
others. This article analyzes the experiences of self-awareness generated by creating, viewing, and responding to deeply personal, unaddressed vlogs on YouTube.
Using a symbolic interactionist framework, it is argued that the globally connected,
recording webcam linking privatized spaces creates a context for sharing profound
moments of self-refl ection and for creating connections that are experienced as profoundly deep yet remain ephemeral and loose.


Associate professor of cultural anthropology. Ed Traceur. Hacker. Car-free.

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