Image communication and self-injurious behavior on the internet: an exemplary analysis of the images presented on YouTube, social network sites and personal homepages

Misoch, Sabina

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-313503
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2012
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publishing house: Univ.
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Medien V (Juniorprofessur) (Misoch 2010-2013)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Subject headings (SWD): YouTube, internet, website, video, communication
Keywords (English): self-injury, self harm, non-suicidal self injury (NSSI), personal websites, social network sites, self presentation,
Abstract: As a special form of behavior a lot of public attention is drawn to self-injury as more and more adolescents are affected by it. The present paper deals with the visual imaging of self-injurious-behavior within different areas of the internet. The virtual presentations on YouTube, social network sites and personal homepages were exemplarily examined and compared, the presented visual material was analyzed via qualitative analysis. It became clear that self-injurious-behavior – also presented through authentic biographical footage – was mostly shown on YouTube, followed by personal homepages, whereas this topic didn’t appear or was only barely (publicly) dealt with on social network sites. From a media theoretical perspective, the reason for these results lies in the fact that the media and its characteristics support the showing of wounds as a promoted form of self-disclosure, or that it can be interpreted as a special form of in-group-communication that is transported via a medium.
Translation of the title: Bildkommunikation selbstverletzenden Verhaltens (SVV) im virtuellen Raum: eine exemplarische Analyse des präsentierten Bildmaterials auf YouTube, social network sites und privaten Homepages (German)

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