In his book Identity Matters, author Richard Jenkins says that “identification matters because it is basic cognitive mechanism that humans use to sort out themselves and their fellows, individually and collectively.” In the age of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, this identification is increasingly becoming a self that is constructed online. How does our virtual self differ from our real self? Does our portrayal of ourselves through the use of social media affect the identity that we give to ourselves and the identity given to us by others?
In a carefully constructed 3-4 page, thesis-driven essay, argue whether or not social media can provide an accurate portrayal of who we really are and defend your position on the consequences thereof.
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- 7 years ago