[Air-l] preparing digital identity syllabus

Ren Reynolds ren at aldermangroup.com
Mon Dec 4 05:15:23 PST 2006


I jointly ran a one day session on digital identity at New York Law  
school, as background for this I wanted people to have a look at  
quite a range of approaches. In particular there seem to be two  
worlds of identity discourse that I seldom see combine.

One is from Digital ID and IT security, which is not my area, but I  
think can be typified by the work of the likes of Kim Camron, and the  
piece 'The Laws of Identity: http://www.identityblog.com/?page_id=354

The second could very very broadly be typified by a social science  
approach and the likes of Turkle and subsequent reactions /  
rejections of her work. In this area, my proposed mash up as a quick  
intro (note we were focusing particularly on Virtual Worlds /  
Computer Games) was as follows:


S Turkle: Who Am We
In Reading Digital Culture ed D Trent

always_black: Bow Nigger
http://www.alwaysblack.com/blackbox/bownigger.html

R Bartle: Designing Virtual World
Chapter 3: Players  esp. pp174 - 185

S Zizek: The Plage of Fantasies
Cyberspace, or, the unbearable closure of being p133-143

D W Winnicott: Playing and Reality Ch 4 Playing - Creative activity  
and the search for the self  pp53-64

M Consalvo, S Paasonen, Women & Everyday Uses of the Internet: Agency &
Identity. Gender, Identity, and (the limits of) play on the Internet pp.
21-43

D Williams, Trouble in River City - The Social Life of Video Games, Ch5
ON the Screen on the 'Net pp74-78 Social Capital and the internet.


As those that know some of the works above will see, I was trying to  
present more of a dis-coherent view of identity rather than something  
that fell comfortable into anyone's set of assumptions.

Some of my own work reacts against the what I see as an overly  
technological driven view that frames identity very narrowly and pre- 
supposes that it some form of property, I think it is far to early to  
even think of closing off discussions about what digital identity is  
(not that I'm suggesting anyone here was attempting that).

ren





On 4 Dec 2006, at 12:34, hbao5209 at arts.usyd.edu.au wrote:

> Great. I will be the second suscriber. I am a Ph.D. student in the
> University of Sydney and have just begun a project on Chinese Cyber
> Queer Identity (the Articulation of Same-sex Identity on Chinese Gay
> Websites). Anyone who is interested in the topic or has some
> suggestions? Thanks and cheers.
> Hongwei Bao (hbao5209 at arts.usyd.edu.au)
>
>
>
>
> Quoting Alvin Concha <alvinconcha at yahoo.com>:
>
>> go ahead, michael, and please let me be ur first subscriber. i am
>> presently doing a study on the construction of online sexual
>> identities of filipino (self-ascribed) males in chatrooms. if this
>> seems connected to what u are into, i might be able to give my two
>> cents' worth in the list. all the best, alvin
>>
>>
>> "Dr. T. Michael Roberts" <dr_haqiqah at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>   Alvin,
>> Thanks for this link. Creation and maintenance of
>> identity under conditions of media saturation has been
>> a fascination of mine since I wrote an article about
>> virtual space as rehearsal space back in 1993. I would
>> very much like to create a separate list for people
>> who are interested in the creation and maintenance of
>> identity under conditions of media saturation. I’m on
>> several lists that are about this among other things
>> but do not know of a list centrally focused on this. I
>> would like to create one. If I am reinventing the
>> wheel, please point me in the right direction.
>> Michael
>>
>> --- Alvin Concha wrote:
>>
>>> hi, ralf! this might be a good start:
>>>
>> http://www.rider.edu/~suler/psycyber/identitymanage.html
>>> i am also working along this line. hope we can
>>> communicate. bests, alvin
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Ralf Bendrath wrote:
>>>> I am teaching a seminar on digital identity in
>>> the sts program at ut
>>>> austin and and preparing my syllabus.
>>> Ist der dann auch online zu kriegen?
>>>
>>> Ansonsten danke für den langen Bericht! Klingt ja
>>> alles super.
>>>
>>> Grüße, Ralf
>>>
>>> PS: Deine Sig sagt immer noch "Uni Bremen"
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