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SELF i.e. An exploration into the cultural value of selfies

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dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow modifications, as long as others share alike en_NZ
dc.contributor.advisor Spell, Rhazes
dc.contributor.author Beeden, Eleanor
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-06T02:59:29Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T19:07:19Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-06T02:59:29Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T19:07:19Z
dc.date.copyright 2015
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/29910
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the cultural value of selfies. The selfie is an artifact of self-representation in network culture, and its communication of identity parallels that of historical self-portraiture. This research analyses the socio-cultural context of both historical self-portraits and selfies in order to show evidence that these two forms of self-representation have similar cultural value. Through design-led research, a series of experiments explore the relationship between these two forms. Investigations into the creation of identity in the age of social media, the social context of historical self-portraiture, and the effect of the popularisation of celebrity culture on cultural worth, lead to the identification of common elements between the two forms of identity representation. Finally, this thesis describes the creation of a product that employs these conceptual elements. The output was produced through crowd-funding, a system of modern patronage in network culture. This final output indicates that, beyond innate social value, selfies have cultural worth through what the scholar David Throsby terms ‘aesthetic value’ and ‘authenticity value’, and their economic reflection. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Access is restricted to staff and students only. For information please contact the Library. en_NZ
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/nz/
dc.subject Selfie en_NZ
dc.subject Self-portrait en_NZ
dc.subject Portrait en_NZ
dc.subject Photography en_NZ
dc.subject Cultural value en_NZ
dc.title SELF i.e. An exploration into the cultural value of selfies en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
dc.date.updated 2016-05-02T05:08:16Z
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 950205 Visual Communication en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Design en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Media Design en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Design en_NZ

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