I’ve written an article for PEP! Magazine on the selfphotographing teens from Hungary on Myspace.com. Most of the literature used to form hypothesises and preconceptions are listed in this entry – and don’t forget Danah Boyd.
Some noticeable findings:
- all seven contacted girls who showed a noticeable photographic and artistic aesthetics came from middle class, that one one hand makes me think of should we boost the already leading ones – like in a power law -, with informal learning – as they’ve also revealed most of their learning sources were informal -, on the other hand poses the question whether we really can push the digitally divided as they does not necessarily have the needed spare resources to explore digital identities,
- as my girlfriend pointed out aesthetics are more relevant than actual content and context to these middle class girls – this shows that how more they raved about Suicidegirls.com than Ishotmyself.com,
- while researching the article I’ve discoveried a lot about Deviantart.com, the biggest online artistic community that has more than 2 million registered users in September 2006 that also provides a way of its users to monetarize on their artistic productions – technically it’s a boosted forum system that has a tipically flawed community history of some leaving and some leading,
- global audiences seem to be far more attractive than local ones – this could be shown in that the amatormuveszek.hu, something like a Hungarian Deviantart, was unknown to them,
- self(identity)exploration is more democratized – although it’s possible backfires resulted from selfexplosion and externalization of the ego are not yet researched -, but Cindy Sherman, Natacha Merrit, marinkel and spanish girl in Oxford definitely already defined the genre in a photographic sense