The Emotional World of Social Media
Discussing the world of social media through the metaphorical. This paper will look at the emotional world of social media, and how the users become lost within this new world of ‘virtuality’ that Van Doogh(2011) expresses. This paper will take note of characters who lose themselves within the real world, and how emotions that are prevalent coexists with emotions produced through the world of social media. It will, at the same time, shed light on how this new world of social media produces a world of raw authenticity. A new haven for ‘weirdos’ as Eddie Huang (2013) speaks about. This paper will look to see whether, in conclusion, the emotional impact of the world of social media is so powerful that it hinders our beings and, changes us into what Marx & Engels(1848) suggests: ‘lifeless human robots’; stripped from all organic consciousness.
Since the digital revolution technology has changed the way in which society communicates with the decline in face-to-face communication and the shift towards communicating online. This dissertation will explore how ‘Catfishing’ as a phenomenon has impacted the way in which social media is used as people have become less connected to each other. Catfishing is the term used to describe the creation of a false identity online normally with the premise to lure someone into a relationship. The issue that surrounds Catfishing is that social networking sites have presented a new platform in which identities can be performed. Catfish the TV Show introduced ‘Catfishing’ when it was first premiered in 2012 in America before airing in the UK. The TV show highlighted existing themes on gender and sexuality relating to Judith Butler’s theory on gender performance. Building on the theories of Judith Butler and Sherry Turkle the research will consist of four case studies to analyse how Catfishing has changed our ideas of constructing relationships, reality and the self.