The ‘real deal’: Strategic authenticity, politics and social media

  • Georgia Gaden University of Calgary
  • Delia Dumitrica University of Calgary
Keywords: authenticity, social media, politics, instrumental communication

Abstract

In this paper we explore what the notion of ‘authenticity’ stands for in contemporary discourses about social media. In particular, we question whether some of the discourses around authenticity on social media share the same ethical commitment to a democratic recognition of and engagement with the Other that early modern philosophical accounts argued for.

Author Biographies

Georgia Gaden, University of Calgary

Georgia Gaden Jones is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. She is interested in the relationship between the self and social media use. 

Delia Dumitrica, University of Calgary

Dr. Delia Dumitrica is an instructor in Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on discursive constructions of digital media.

Published
2014-12-27
How to Cite
Gaden, G., & Dumitrica, D. (2014). The ‘real deal’: Strategic authenticity, politics and social media. First Monday, 20(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i1.4985