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Title: Instagram reimagined : a study on imagined communities and instagram
Authors: Teo, Aloysius
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology::Communities, classes and races
DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media::Media studies
DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology::Social behavior
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: Since its birth in 2010, Instagram has grown into a global phenomenon. From tagging and following, to liking and commenting, Instagram is changing the way individuals interact with one another. By extending Benedict Anderson’s (1983) conceptualisation of ‘Imagined Communities’, this paper attempts to investigate the extent to which the vernacular of Instagram fosters imagined communities among lifestyle-fashion users of Instagram. First, the vernacular of Instagram is outlined to provide a good understanding of how particular features within the platform work. Next, users’ experiences and activities on Instagram were gathered through a series of interviews, uncovering meanings and perspectives from the respondents. These responses are discussed alongside the three key characteristics of imagined communities, namely ‘homogenous empty time,’ ‘creole,’ and ‘decentralisation’.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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