This is quite
a long page -- scroll down to see the sections and links.
the identity and media culture / icons site (pictured
right) which provides a multimedia guide to ways in which individuals connect
their personal identities with media icons, drawing out themes from students'
The best book on identity
in relation to media cultures, to the best of my knowledge, is Identity and
Difference, edited by Kathryn Woodward in the Culture, Media and Identities
Open University series, published by Sage (1997). Introducing the concept of identity,
'This book is about identity
because identity matters, both in terms of social and political concerns within
the contemporary world and within academic discourses where identity has been
seen as conceptually important in offering explanations of social and cultural
Identity can be seen as the interface between subjective positions and social
and cultural situations... Identity gives us an idea of who we are and of how
we relate to others and to the world in which we live. Identity marks the ways
in which we are the same as others who share that position, and the ways in which
we are different from those who do not.' (pp. 1-2).
On how identities are connected
with the world of media and the images which it surrounds us with, she writes:
‘Representation as a cultural
process establishes individual and collective identities, and symbolic systems
provide possible answers to the questions: who am I?; what could I be?; who do
I want to be?’ (p. 14).
Identity, to be sure, is a complicated business, and the ways in which it connects
with media consumption are not easy to identify.
This page provides links to material about identity, and in particular
gender and identity; to webzines where people express their own identity through
their displays on the internet (there's loads of those -- this is just a selection);
to websites where people's identities are bound up with the love of something
from popular culture (sites by fans -- again, there's thousands of these); and
to sites about other markers of identity -- such as piercings.
is one of our favourite links. The very nicely designed webzine gURL
has the final word on identity and appearance in its looks
aren't everything pages. See in particular the interactive paper
doll psychology activity and the virtual
makeover facility. Multimedia was invented for this.
-- 'a personal zine of pop and politics'
(and see her links)
Housewife: 'Your Guide to Modern Living & Intersex Relationships'
GeekGirl . . . AngstGrrl
See Queer Theory and Judith
Butler on this site.
Vie En Rose (official
site and another
site) --French film about gender and identity and media images of these.
Play -- article on gendered toys
Genderplex -- An 'electronic
exhibition' on gender identities (with gender links page)
AND GENDER... AND TECHNOLOGY
-- gender, technology and identity pages
Gender and Technology
-- interview with Sadie Plant, author of Zeroes and Ones
Piercing FAQ 8: Historical Information
Lifestyle -- pages on piercing
IDENTITY AND FANDOM
There are lots of sites on the web where people have express their enthusiasm
for something from popular culture, and clearly in a way their identity is connected
with the thing that they are a fan of (or their idea of what that represents).
I would suggest you look up your own interests using a search engine like Yahoo.
Here are a few fan sites picked at almost-random:
Wonder Woman website
...or try a whole page of Spiderman
Madonna has many fan sites
on the web, and since Madonna herself has brought issues of image and identity
to the fore these can be interesting. Start with the excellent introduction to
the academic work on Madonna and identity in Madonna’s
Revenge by Annalee Newitz. Then see what you make of these...
Madonna Wannabe Homepage (lots of Madonna digital "art")
Ciccone's Madonna Homepage
(a kind of directory or family of Madonna fans)
The Girlie Page, which includes Blonde
Ambitions: The Madonna look-alike page
A slightly more personal
site -- though they're all personal -- is Emily's
Madonna Spotlight; see in particular The
story behind Emily's Madonna Spotlight. Emily lists bits of lyrics she finds
particularly inspirational; her explanations of her favourite songs
and videos is also interesting.
The fanzine Absolute
Ciccone ('about expressing yourself') includes a student's account of the
on Madonna at the University of Amsterdam.
There is a site for the
Open University course D318:
Culture, media and identities which may be of interest, though there's not
much on it.