‘In this elegantly written, clear sighted and yet theoretically rich book, Nancy Thumim offers a wealth of critical insights into the extraordinary contemporary explosion of opportunities presented to the public to represent themselves, speak out and, perhaps, be heard.’ – Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
‘I don’t simply ‘Like’ this book, I love it: self-representation has been studied in bits and pieces, but Nancy Thumim is the first to bring these different approaches together and brilliantly shows how various forms and contexts of self-representations are submitted to generic rules that – in fact – limit expressions of the self. On the other hand her analysis shows compelling sensitivity to the experiences of self-representing individuals who construct their sense of authenticity and uniqueness nevertheless. A must-read across the social sciences and humanities.’
– Liesbet van Zoonen, Loughborough University, UK
‘Nancy Thumim tells the fascinating story of how new representational practices have emerged in the digital era. She carefully guides us through the conceptual turbulence these changes have brought in their wake. It’s a sophisticated, scrupulous book – illuminating the social uses of media while rethinking basic assumptions in media studies.’
– John Hartley, Curtin University, Australia
‘This is an important and timely intervention in the study of self-representation that not only powerfully enhances our understanding of the role of digital media in public participation but urges us to think carefully about the current valorisation of ordinary voice in our public culture.’
– Lilie Chouliaraki, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Nancy Thumim is a Lecturer in Communications Studies at the Institute of Communications Studies (ICS) University of Leeds.