I’ve really missed blogging here and writing about my projects and haven’t blogged since November 2013, nearly 4 months ago 😦 I’ve missed writing for fun but had to take a forced hiatus of sorts as I had to write my dissertation for uni. This is now complete and over with now and I can begin to ease myself back into blogging about things I love! 😀
I suppose, as my dissertation took up so much of my time and became my life for such a long time I should let you all know what it was about… The title for my dissertation was “The Self Portrait and The Selfie” which sums it up in a manner. I chose the subject of the Selfie as I have been interested in social media and the selfie for as long as I can remember, not because it fascinated me but because I just didn’t understand why people want to take selfies and post them all the time, I got myself an iPhone and an Instagram account (@siouxsietench if you want to follow me! I follow back in most cases…) and so began my own journey into the world of selfies. My dissertation split down into 3 main chapters, Chapter 1 looked at Self Portraits and the history behind them, from paintings to photography and the shift in technology that helped push photographic images of the self into the mainstream arena. Chapter 2 was about the Selfie today and how social media (focusing mainly on Instagram) and mobiles have become acceptable ways of taking and sharing the selfie image, how the way we label images changes our perception and interaction with the image and others and how it has become popular culture, Chapter 3 looked at the future of the selfie with regard to developing technologies and movements within the context of the selfie and how we label them (ie; using the # not just as a way to label images but to become a platform for communities to chat about shared ideas (see #felfie ) I quoted Kesha along the way and also linked to the Chainsmokers #Selfie song too….
And eventually I finished. 8989 words later it has been printed and bound and submitted for marking and I’m so relieved. I can’t say that the process has been enjoyable, for me it has been a struggle to meet the word count as I really don’t like using too many words when a few will suffice so a lot of time was spent expanding on my sentence structures. My lecturer said that I’d chosen a difficult subject to write about as it wasn’t “static”, which, at the time I didn’t understand. I know what she meant by “static” now though, in that the #selfie is fairly new and there is so much being written about them in newspapers and magazines, blogs and books at the moment, there has been a bombardment of opinions about the topic and that has been a hard thing to negotiate. But its finished now and I can get back to doing stuff I love, like blogging and art! 😀