The assumed division between the online self and the embodied self is eradicated as the online/off–line boundary is increasingly challenged by the practice of presenting the self through SNS profiles, and by the migration of online relationships off–line.
First, this paper defines My Space angles, explaining what it means for an image to be labeled a “My Space Angle” photograph, both in terms of portraiture style and also how SNS users view these photographs.
This chapter will outline my BAR approach theory, which contends that if individuals are to successfully develop a romantic relationship from an online dating site, they need to present a balance between an ‘attractive’ and a ‘real’ self on their online profiles.
Sessions is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
Other genres include “the thug,” “the Emo pose,” and “the kissy face.” On the surface it seems that “My Space Angles” are simply a popular style of portraiture, just as head shots are conventionally used for yearbook photos, identification cards, etc.
However, a cursory exploration into the way in which this style is defined by SNS users shows that many do not see the practice of taking a My Space Angle photo as benign — some even going as far as to call My Space Angles “an Internet disease” (Acedthis1, 2007).
This case study approach utilizes a close reading analysis of the My Space Angle commentary, revealing three main themes in users’ critique of My Space Angles: 1) users who post these photographs are conforming to a social trend at the expense of their individuality; 2) the presentation of these photographs is narcissistic; and, 3) these photographs purposefully conceal the body.
As we will see, there may be consequences for the SNS user when this expectation is not fulfilled.Singles have many places and spaces available to them to find a romantic partner.How one creates a ‘first impression’ in each of these spaces can vary.Beyond the fundamental My Space Angle techniques there are a variety of genres characterized by the facial expressions, hand gestures, and poses taken by the subjects.
For instance, in “the Asian” the subject forms a “peace sign” hand gesture and smiles (staringbutnotseeing, 2007), while in “the shocked pose” the subject acts as if surprised to find that their picture is being taken —though, comically, they themselves are the photographer (see Figure 3).This close reading reveals three main themes in users’ critique of My Space Angles: 1) users who post these photographs are conforming to a social trend at the expense of their individuality; 2) the presentation of these photographs is narcissistic; and, 3) these photographs purposefully conceal the body.