Blogs, Personal Narratives and Historicity: Online Narratives as Imagined Communities

Dr. Yasmin Ibrahim
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This paper analyses how weblogs (blogs) are providing new forms of social and collective commentary which can recast the identity and linearity of history. Just as epics and novels punctuate the linearity of historic time with that of narrative time, weblogs as an electronic genre extol personal voices that re-negotiate history making and the temporality of national and global time. The interface between the ‘self’ and time in bounded spaces of the Internet can be viewed as disrupting the linearity that the history of a nation proposes with its careful selection of textual narratives to symbolise the birthing and sustenance of ‘imagined communities.’

Keywords: Blogs, Narratives, Historicity, Temporality, Collective Memory
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Blogs, Personal Narratives and Historicity

Dr. Yasmin Ibrahim

Senior Lecturer, Media and Information Studies, University of Brighton
Moulsecomb, Brighton, UK

Ref: I07P0975