Many of the ways we use social media today have longstanding precedents in historical media like diaries, journals, and scrapbooks. What we think of as the 'social media revolution' is part of a much longer story about the use of media for connecting people through the documenting and sharing of everyday life. Placing social media into a longer historical context helps to reveal what is really new about these contemporary communication technologies, what future services might learn from historical communication practices, and what fundamental aspects of the human experience emerge through a variety of technological platforms.
About the presenter: Lee Humphreys is an Associate Professor in Communication at Cornell University. She studies the social uses and perceived effects of mobile and social media. She received her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.
The qualified self: social media and the accounting of everyday life (Swinburne Institute Seminar Series)