Gergen’s "Social Saturation"

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How is the self a product of our social circumstances?
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-He is a social constructionism -The self is a social construction, its something we develop through our experiences -The self has changed with technology
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G.H. Mead
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-The self is something that you do, a social process, you’re not born with it -3 aspects of the complete self 1) The \”I\” (impulsive actions/reactions) 2) The \”me\” (reflecting on who you are before doing something) 3) The \”generalized other\” (reflecting on how other people see you in the community)
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Goffman
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-micro sociologist in 1960/70 -\”The presentation of self\” -constantly presenting ourselves on a stage, always roll playing -we do self through the process of presentation and roll playing -always presenting a different version of yourself
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Gergan
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-What is our self a product of? 1)language that we use informal and shapes what we believe is real, possible, good, bad, and valued -we need certain terms to describe ourselves, when language changes so do our selves 2)culture -romanticism (personal depth, passion, soul, creativity) -Modernism (predictability, honest, sincere, rational) -Post modernism (there are no anchors, idea that you can be whoever you want and shift and change)
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Social saturation
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-the continual exposure to multiple diverse others -we are now in contact with so many different kinds of ppl -the process through which this happens is a matter of populating the self with different experiences
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Multi-phrenia
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-virtigo, not having a sense of our barrings -we don’t have a core sense of self because of the multiplicity social experiences we get from transportation and social technology
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What effects do transportation and communication technologies have on the self?
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2 types of technologies that throw us into social saturation 1) gradual -railroad -post office -telephone -radio -printed books 2) Immediate -air travel -cable tv -computers -internet
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\”Alone Together\” (Turkle), be able to compare/contrast her core argument with other perspectives we have covered in class
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1) Apparatgeist -pure communication, being alone feels like a problem we need to solve -we feel alone because no one will ever be able to know what we’re truly feeling/thinking 2) taken-for-granted -mobile phone is embedded into the structure of our society 3) ritual interaction chains -symbols that bring us together, but these need to happen face to face -sense of shared focus and mood

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