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Heyes, Patricia G. Lange und Nikolas Rose.
Scheinbar triviale Praktiken und Reden sind daher im Kontext von fundamentalen und weitreichenden Strukturen von Gesellschaft, Kultur und Regierung zu sehen. In this diploma thesis the YouTube-Weight Loss Community is analyzed in context of power, identity and technologies of the self.
Lange, Nikolas Rose, and others. In addition to the scholarly basis the talks and practices within the video-weblogs vlogs of the Weight Loss Community function as examples for the thematic study.
Through the vlogs, that the members of the Weight Loss Community produce, information and experiences about weight loss, fitness, exercise and nutrition circulate, while the users also give each other support motivation and inspiration. They value the feeling of accountability and the understanding for their very intimate problems and emotions, therefore they share a common ground and affinity.
Through knowledge systems and subject cultures power relations are transferred into the minutest details of everyday life. Seemingly trivial practices and talks always ground, at least partly, in fundamental and wide-stretching life structures formed by society, culture and government.
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Within the technology of the internet and of vlogs in particular, through certain processes and practices, the members of the Weight Loss Community work on their identities, on their self and self-consciousness.
They reflect and relate to themselves through media and through social connection. The point of this thesis is to discuss the complex lines that run through so seemingly private and mundane media practices, to show that today very profound strategies of self-creation are partly lived in virtual space and how the technology itself contributes to our everyday identity-work.
The videos of the Weight Loss Community function as a specific example for topics, processes and discourses that have, in my opinion, implications for all of us.
Details siehe Gesetzestext. DOI: URN: urn:nbn:at:at-ubw