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The Presentational Self

CC602: Communication Theory Fall 2012

Allison Davis

on 22 October 2012

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The Presentational Self "All the worlds a stage, Overview Key Concepts Background How you present yourself in a given
-Whats going on?
-How should I act here?

-Define situation
-Frame Analysis -Strips
-Frame Analysis
-Primary frameworks
-Secondary frameworks
-Face engagement
-Impression Management And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts"
-William Shakespeare -1959
-Everyones a stage, actor
-Sociological tradition Assumptions -A person must somehow make sense of events encountered in everyday life
-Individuals organize or understand their behaviors within a given situation
-People in face engagement take turns presenting dramas to one another to present a particular view of self
-The communicator is the presentation of a self, and any one person may have many selves Case Study Details -Multiple impressions
-Internet/gender differences Critique -Heurism
-Test of time Application Facebook:
-personal self Linkedin:
-professional self Theory? or Concept? Future Technology
Social media
Blogs References Goffman, E (1959) Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Doubleday & Company
Miller, H (1995) The Presentation of Self in Electronic Life: Goffman on the Internet. Embodied Knowledge and Virtual Space Conference, Goldsmiths' College, June.
Leary, M. & Ashley, A. (2011) Self Presentational Persona: Simultaneous Management of Multiple Impressions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 101, No. 5
Littlejohn, S. & Foss, K. (2011) Theories of Human Communication. Waveland Press. Ed. 10
Trammell, K. & Keshelashvili, A. (2006) Examining the new Influencers: A self-presentation study of A-list blogs. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Vol. 82-4
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