Category: 07) The Lifewriting Of Dataselves

New media and new technologies shape our sense of selfhood and identity by shaping the way we represent ourselves to others. In life writing on the Web, the theme of data and databases has emerged as a key element in self-representations by new media artists and authors. This chapter offers a careful reading of several new media works that use databases in creating a self-representation, with the aim of advancing our understanding of the intersections of identity and technology.


Madeleine Sorapure is a lecturer in the writing program at University of California at Santa Barbara. She received her MA and PhD from Binghamton University. She teaches courses in Technical and Multimedia Communication. She is the editor of the “Inventio” section of Kairos as well as the reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication and Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. One of her most recent publications is Common Culture: Reading and Writing About American Popular Culture (2009).

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