Event Title

#Japan:Theorizing Twitter in a Transnational Feminist Context

Presenter Information

Emily Harper, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 123

Start Date

30-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 11:55 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

For my CLAS presentation in the WGSS senior seminar I would like to propose a comparative analysis between Twitter usage in Japan and the United States as it relates to transnational feminist theory and the creation of online social networks and national identity formation. What Im looking at in particular is asking how emergent net technologies can be used as a means of both community building, differentiation and cultural critique by women around the world. I will ask questions such as how is Twitter a viable means of dissent and consciousness raising in a country that relies heavily on technology and has a poor history of unionizing? On the other hand, how does Twitter flatten and simplify complex issues in a way that relays person opinion but is often ineffective as a means of social change? I think my research will be able to ask those two questions: delving into Japans reliance on technology and how that has shaped the current culture, as well as offering up an alternative means of dissenting feminist issues that is culturally relevant and easily available.

Faculty Sponsor

Sonja Thomas

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1671

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Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 11:55 AM

#Japan:Theorizing Twitter in a Transnational Feminist Context

Diamond 123

For my CLAS presentation in the WGSS senior seminar I would like to propose a comparative analysis between Twitter usage in Japan and the United States as it relates to transnational feminist theory and the creation of online social networks and national identity formation. What Im looking at in particular is asking how emergent net technologies can be used as a means of both community building, differentiation and cultural critique by women around the world. I will ask questions such as how is Twitter a viable means of dissent and consciousness raising in a country that relies heavily on technology and has a poor history of unionizing? On the other hand, how does Twitter flatten and simplify complex issues in a way that relays person opinion but is often ineffective as a means of social change? I think my research will be able to ask those two questions: delving into Japans reliance on technology and how that has shaped the current culture, as well as offering up an alternative means of dissenting feminist issues that is culturally relevant and easily available.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/397