— a quote of a new FM article entitled “Looking for you” that sees blogs as a form fo self-presentation on the internet (blogs btw show a dramatic increase of 1,4 new blogs every second worldwide). I haven’t seen blogging activity so much as self presentation – it’s just an expansion of other publication activities, like writing articles or giving lectures.
Goffmanâ€™s (1959) ideas are rooted in theatrical metaphor, suggesting that in social interaction people are, in a sense, on stage. If there is a stage for performance, then there must also be a â€œbackstageâ€ where individuals cease performing. Goffman (1959) suggests that this â€œbackstageâ€ is where oneâ€™s true self is revealed because there is no audience.
Maybe blogging is done somewhere in the transit between front and backstage?
Jones (1990) noted that there are several selfâ€“presentation strategies individuals use when trying to create a desired impression, including ingratiation, competence, intimidation, exemplification and supplication. Ingratiation is used when the desired goal is to be liked. Competence, or selfâ€“promotion, is used when an individual wants to be perceived as talented or capable. Intimidation is used when a person desires power or control of a situation. Exemplification is used when an individual wishes to be seen as morally superior or virtuous. Supplication is used when someone wants to be nurtured or helped, due to selfâ€“perceived weaknesses. Ingratiation is not only the most commonly used strategy […]