Internet: The New Scene in the Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. An Introduction to Cyberspace Analysis from Erving Goffman’s Dramaturgical Persp Cover Image
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Internet - nowa scena w teatrze życia codziennego. Wstęp do analizy cyberprzestrzeni z perspektywy dramaturgicznej Ervinga Goffmana
Internet: The New Scene in the Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. An Introduction to Cyberspace Analysis from Erving Goffman’s Dramaturgical Persp

Author(s): Aleksandra Nowakowska
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Instytut Stosowanych Nauk Społecznych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt to present the issue of the social functioning of people in the internet using Erving Goffman's dramaturgical perspective. This new social space is treated as a new scene where the contemporary everyday life of many people takes place. Various complex social relations occur between them, and these - thanks to the nature of the Net - leave symbolic, linguistic, and other interactionist traces which can be both observed as well as examined in other ways. The participants in the game give meanings to the internet-a social object; they comprehend and interpret the social situations found and created there. The actors' actions often take on the character of a performance: you can observe diverse evidence of the existence of the presentation of self, the use of "virtual" décor and props, the conversation of gestures. They are similar to what occurs in "real" scenes of everyday life, which are treated here as the backstage for the drama that takes place on the internet. The aim of these efforts is to create adequate impressions, the creation of a performance. In accordance with Alfred Schütz's postulate, the research of social objects from this perspective is to provide help in answering the question what is the internet for its participants, and not for the so-called objective observers.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 09 (1)
  • Page Range: 135-152
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish