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facebook as history
October 26, 2009, 2:13 pm
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The fundamental principle of history 2.0 is the notion of user generated. The idea that we in the present are creating history simply by participating is not a new concept, unique to history 2.0 is the abandonment of the heriarchy that has successful dictated the practice of historiography. Certain histories are no longer privileged and our access to the stories of the everyday is greater than ever before. I wonder, like many historical periods from the enlightenment to post-modernism, whether our attention to user-generated content will be remembered as a significant mark on the spectrum of the way in which we know our past? What we can draw into analysis is the way in which history2.0 lifts the standing of social networking sites to historical sources.

We are constantly involved in the formation of both our own and other peoples identities. The question is whether these identities are indicative of who we actually are? We must consider the impact of relationships we share with those in our networks on the way in which we portray ourselves, or perhaps the REVERSE – the impact of the way we portray ourselves on our relationships with other people? Is it possible to simultaneously assume multiple identities? And the crux – if we adopt multiple codes of conduct/social norms depending on the company we currently keep – are social networking sites identities in their purest form?

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