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Self-Representation and Digital Culture by Nancy Thumim

Self-Representation and Digital Culture


Self-Representation and Digital Culture by Nancy Thumim

Taking a close look at ordinary people 'telling their own story', Nancy Thumim explores self-representations in contemporary digital culture in settings as diverse as reality TV, online storytelling, and oral histories displayed in museums.


Altogether, Thumin has produced a valuable study, full of insight and observation, of the multiple ways in which 'ordinary
people represent their

through representing themselves, speaking about their lives, giving expression to their experiences. She attends to all this in a cohesive and integrated manner, offering us a highly satisfactory account of selfrepresentations in digital culture.

- European Journal of Communication 28(6)

Thumim's first book is eloquently written and well-researched, and it manages to effectively distill and relay the ideas of complex and emerging topics. The work interrogates the meaning of truth, authenticity, and validity with regards to self-representation. Undergraduate and graduate students in media and communication studies would benefit from this highly enjoyable read, which is also scholarly, rigorous, in-depth, and precise. - International Journal of Communication 7, (2013)

About the Author

Nancy Thumim is Lecturer in Media and Communication at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, UK. Thumim's research has been published in edited books and journals including Critical Discourse Studies, Javnost - The Public, and International Journal of Cultural Studies.

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Publication date

17th July 2012


Nancy Thumim

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Palgrave Macmillan


205 pages


Media studies
Cultural studies



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