Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781911307365 Published March 2017 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781911307358 Published March 2017 For sale in North America only

Visualising Facebook

A Comparative Perspective

Daniel Miller and Jolynna Sinanan

Visualising Facebook

Daniel Miller and Jolynna Sinanan

Distributed for UCL Press

236 pages | 6 1/5 x 9 1/4
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781911307365 Published March 2017 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781911307358 Published March 2017 For sale in North America only
Since the growth of social media, human communication has become much more visual. This book presents a scholarly analysis of the images people post on a regular basis to Facebook. By including hundreds of examples, readers can see for themselves the differences between postings from a village north of London, and those from a small town in Trinidad. Why do women respond so differently to becoming a mother in England from the way they do in Trinidad? How are values such as carnival and suburbia expressed visually? Based on an examination of over 20,000 images, the authors argue that phenomena such as selfies and memes must be analysed in their local context. The book aims to highlight the importance of visual images today in patrolling and controlling the moral values of populations, and explores the changing role of photography from that of recording and representation, to that of communication, where an image not only documents an experience but also enhances it, making the moment itself more exciting.
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