Wikidentities: Young people collaborating on virtual identities in social network sites

  • Kerry Mallan Queensland University of Technology
  • Natasha Giardina Queensland University of Technology
Keywords: social networking sites, wikis, youth

Abstract

Wikis and social networking sites (SNS) are arguably two of the most popular tools used by young people as part of their everyday social interactions. We propose that the concept of the wiki may be useful for understanding the kinds of virtual identities that are constructed, visually presented, and narrated in online contexts, such as MySpace. The term Wikidentities is used in this paper to encapsulate the kinds of identity work which may occur through SNS. We argue that wiki-like behaviour has consequences for reconceptualizing identity as something that is mediated by (rather than at odds with) technology. Our research opens up ways for considering new forms of agency for young people appropriate to a high-tech era that encourages collaboration, negotiation, and risk.

Author Biographies

Kerry Mallan, Queensland University of Technology
Kerry Mallan is a Professor in the School of Cultural and Language Studies, QUT.
Natasha Giardina, Queensland University of Technology
Natasha Giardina is a Learning Designer, at the Teaching and Learning Support Services, QUT.
Published
2009-05-17
How to Cite
Mallan, K., & Giardina, N. (2009). Wikidentities: Young people collaborating on virtual identities in social network sites. First Monday, 14(6). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v14i6.2445