Yesterday I participated in an online discussion with Anna Poletti, as part of the 2014 Digital Writers Festival.
We spoke about autobiography and its relationship to blogging and micro-blogging platforms. One of the interesting ideas coming from Anna’s work is that autobiography doesn’t need to be “written” or even “narrative” – it can be constructed unintentionally via a fragmentary collage of phatic publishing events (like “pokes” in facebook, or the curated uploading of bio-images and other professional data).
We also talked about the current craving for “authenticity” and coherence, which may be the flipside of this more fragmented kind of identity formation process.
I enjoyed the online discussion format – and I hope that more conferences can be run this way in the future – definitely less travel per unit of discourse!