Stacey Koosel researched the effects of social media on identity and defended her doctoral thesis

Stacey May Koosel defended her doctoral thesis „The Renegotiated Self: Social Media’s Effects on Identity” at the Estonian Academy of Arts on August 27, 2015 as a doctoral student of Art and Design Curriculum.
Stacey Koosel’s PhD thesis is a collection of articles that explore the effects of social media on personal identity.
The communication of identity narratives online has become abundant with the increasing popularity of social media. Social media enables users to build profiles based on their personal identities, making identity play a primary source of entertainment in the information age.
Topics such as privacy, ethical use of information, authenticity, social control, self-expression, self-censorship and other media affordances have all, subsequently, become important issues. The topic of ‘identity’ is used as a framework through which social media use can be analyzed. The cultural phenomenon of digital identity is explored in a collection of seven articles using different approaches, including media ecology, the philosophy of technology, virtual ethnography and artistic research.
The articles raise questions about the ideology of identity creation in social media, by interviewing artists on how they use Facebook, pointing out paradigm shifts and paradoxes in contemporary culture and the discussion of other research in the field of digital culture.
Oponent, prof dr Mauri Kaipainen, Södertörn University, Sweden stated:
“The topics of social media, identity and social media’s effects on identity are burning actual today, and the thesis is thereby very well timed.
Stacey Koosel’s work is well motivated and constitutes an important contribution to the ongoing discourses. And not only this, the understanding generated by this work sheds light to everyday online life of the great public.
Stacey Koosel’s doctoral thesis is a compilation of seven high quality peer-reviewed articles on the effects of social media on identity.
The dissertation has been written on fluent English language that is a pleasure to read.”
Please find the PhD thesis in EAA Academic Library at Estonia pst 7, III floor and HERE