Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cultural Studies - Crafting Fictional Personas With the Language of Facebook - NYTimes.com

Sign of the times – I wonder if the page will be pulled since it’s a fake identity

In “My Darklyng’s” intriguing meta-commentary, there is a certain cross-pollination of what might be considered real life and fiction. Ms. Mechling and Ms. Moser hired a 15-year-old, Hannah Grosman, to be featured in photographs and videos for the character Natalie’s Facebook page. There are real people commenting on Natalie’s page; Hannah uses one of the photos from a photo shoot of herself as Natalie with another actress as the profile picture on her real Facebook page. A video of a kiss at the World Cup was posted on Natalie’s page just minutes before one of Hannah’s real friends posted the same thing. So it is no longer art imitating life, or life imitating art, but the two merging so completely, so inexorably that it would be impossible to disentangle one from the other, rather elegantly making the point that these media, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, all this doodling in the ether, involve wholesale inventions of self, not projections.

Cultural Studies - Crafting Fictional Personas With the Language of Facebook - NYTimes.com

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