IV Congress of CiberSociety 2009. Analog crisis, digital future

Topic F - Communication

Work Team F-33: Identity and online relationships



Initial questions

How are characterized new languages that observe in the online relationships?

Which is the rol of these new languages in the set-up of identities in Internet?

How is modified the identity notion from the recognition of the relationships' impact of virtual interaction on the individual subjectivity construction and collective?

Which are the attributes to be considered to establish a virtual identity parameter?

How are combined actual" interactions "with the virtual ones? How reconfiguran practices identitarias?

How influence relationships through different devices that favor online relationships (Internet, Chat, mobile phones, social networks, Youtube, fotologs, etc.) in the construction of the (s) identity (is) in virtual individuals?

Of which way contribute to the construction of a collective identity these online relationships?

Work Group description

This group tries to revise the notion of identity by means of the recognition of the impact of the relations of the virtual interaction in the individual and collective subjectivity.

The possibility of establishing an interdisciplinary analysis (linguistic, philosophical, communicative, sociological, technological, among others) favors an effective description of the relations that the users establish when they resort to Internet. In chat, the social networks (Facebook, Twitter), the movable telephony, fotologs, blogs, we recognize a contact tool and also a space to develop a new class of communication.

The identity and communication are formed mutually: the identity conditions and modulates the communicative behaviors as well as their topics.
Simultaneously, the identity can be in itself communication object.
It would seem to be that, with these new devices, as much the identity as their narration, undergoes a new dimension in which the representation of the individuals and the personal revelation have become a central component in the interactions.

We can indicate that the identity affirms and recognizes by distinguishing characteristics and processes for the personal identification. The differences and the affirmation of these with respect to other individuals and groups contribute in this development.

This process associates to multiple rules of behavior, codes and social roles that distinguish so much the relations inside the group as towards out and constitutes something more than a classification frame, across rules and dynamics of exchange in the symbolic sand.

The sociocultural pragmatics (Brave, 2002), for example, indicates a consideration of the study of the language but attending to all the factors that intervene in the communicative situation. The contribution of this perspective to the linguistics is the consideration of the context of the user, adding to the communicative situation (or the situation of speech), the sociocultural context that includes from a certain interpersonal interaction up to a community of speech and attends, between others, to social, socioeconomic and cultural factors (Bernal, 2007).

A sociocultural context displays constituent characteristics that are unique. Hernandez Flores (2004: 96,97) indicates that "the sociocultural contexts are specific contexts that include behaviors, attitudes and values that are known, accepted and practiced in a community of speaking". The study and knowledge of the context, really, constitute a task that the investigator cannot take of of way generalized, fate, according to each cultural community.

The problem of the identity demands, in this case, an interdisciplinary study that allows to establish with greater depth the elements that take part in your configuration.