I Tweet Therefore I Am: Social Media and the New Social Order

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Mackenzie, Michael (2022) I Tweet Therefore I Am: Social Media and the New Social Order. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Comprising an exegesis and creative component in the form of a novel entitled It’s Going To Be Okay. It Will, this thesis will contend that the social media revolution has produced a social paradigm shift that constitutes a new social order. The exegesis examines theories surrounding social media and the Internet, and its repercussions, in relation to identity and belonging. The exegesis research both informs and contextualises the novel. The thesis proposes that for the novel to remain relevant for a generation that has only known the Internet, as a literary form it must be able to represent contemporary life, which today constitutes human experience that is lived both virtually and in reality. The creative component of this thesis, It’s Going To Be Okay. It Will, is a response to this challenge, one which depicts the effects of the new social order and a hyper-connected globalised world.

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Includes novel: It's Going To Be Okay. It Will

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/44158
Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 3602 Creative and professional writing
Current > Division/Research > College of Arts and Education
Keywords exegesis, creative, novel, social media, Internet, identity, identity construction, belonging, digital narratives, narrative theory, narrativity, digital technology
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