Friend Me if You Facebook: Generation Y and Performative Surveillance

  title={Friend Me if You Facebook: Generation Y and Performative Surveillance},
  author={Elizabeth Jane Westlake},
  journal={The Drama Review},
  • E. Westlake
  • Published 5 November 2008
  • Psychology
  • The Drama Review
Facebook was founded as a way to enhance face-to-face contact on university campuses, and so its virtual and physical life are unique on the internet. The performance of self online versus the performance of self on ground constitutes a particular dynamic. Members of the Facebook community use it to build and enhance their real relationships through their unique performances of online self, and these fluid performances, which may look like exhibitionism, are energetic engagements with the… 

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