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Title: “Discover your own Ireland”: Virtual Ireland(s) for an international audience
Authors: Lynch, C
Keywords: Blogging
Cyberspace
Cyberculture
Identity
Irishness
Self-expression
Social networks
Virtual communities
Web 2.0
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Glasgow
Citation: 2009 International Association of Studies in Irish Literatures (IASIL 2009), University of Glasgow, Scotland, 27-31 Jul 2009
Abstract: The opening years of the twenty-first century can be characterised by the increased overlap between cyberspace and the physical world; virtual reality is more real than it has ever been. The rising popularity of web 2.0 forms of self-expression and user generated content such as Facebook, MySpace and blogging have resulted in it becoming the largest growth area on the internet. This essay hopes to explore how the uptake and familiarity with web technology by Irish people has overflowed into their lives and cultural expressions via the use of ‘virtual communities’. As the forums for representing the virtual self continue to evolve and multiply, debates over the multiple meanings of Irishness will thrive as the ‘new Irish’ continue to reinterpret the complexities of their identity using web technology.
Description: Copyright @ 2009 University of Glasgow
URI: www.arts.gla.ac.uk/STELLA/IASIL2009/abstracts.pdf
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