Identity in a Hyperreal World: How Is Identity Shaped in Cyberspace?
In this article I have focused on the way though which identity be created or recreated in cyberspace through computer mediated communication by emphasising on the importance of media and particularly the Internet in the process of socialisation. I used Baudrillard’s conception of Hyperreality along with the division between the first and second media age and network integration to conclude that cyberspace produce new identities which are characterised as hyperreal, multiple, fluid, mediated, saturated, and global. Finally, I have claimed that the dominant means of communication determine the certain type of identity in each age and suggested the possible problems of transforming to the new era.
Keywords: Identity, Computer Mediated Communication, Hyperreality
Mohammad Hossein Kazeroun
Post-graduate Student, Department of Sociology, University of Birmingham