The Digital Storyteller's Stage: Queer Everyday Activists Negotiating Privacy and Publicness

Vivienne, Sonja; Burgess, Jean
July 2012
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media;Jul2012, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p362
Academic Journal
This article explores how queer digital storytellers understand and mobilize concepts of privacy and publicness as they engage in everyday activism through creating and sharing personal stories designed to contribute to cultural and political debates. Through the pre-production, production, and distribution phases of digital storytelling workshops and participation in a related online community, these storytellers actively negotiate the tensions and continuua among visibility and hiddenness; secrecy and pride; finite and fluid renditions of self; and individual and collective constructions of identity. We argue that the social change they aspire to is at least partially achieved through “networked identity work” on and offline with both intimate and imagined publics.


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