Goffman's Theory Of Dramaturgy

1400 WordsNov 24, 20146 Pages
When applying Erving Goffman’s theory of dramaturgy to social networking media such as Facebook, it can be observed that people present themselves to others to appear more desirable. People presenting themselves to be more desirable on Facebook can be seen in the artifact of the Catfish Movie- Trailer (Universal Pictures, 2010). While looking at Facebook as a stage in terms of Dramaturgy it can be viewed that impression management, performance, and front and back stage are consciously or unconsciously used by Facebook’s users, which will all be applied in context of Facebook users. Dramaturgy will be applied using Facebook as the stage due to it being the “most dominant social networking platform” (Duggan & Smith, 2013), although Goffman’s Dramaturgy is limited to face-to-face interactions, Dramaturgy can still be observed when looking at Facebook users due to the social interaction between one another. Due to users convenience of being able to monitor what images they put up of themselves, such as pictures, friends, and groups, they are able to seem more desirable to their peers then they may actually be which will be displayed through Catfish and the application of four scholar articles. Impression management can be seen when observing Facebook users and what they choose to post. When impression management is applied to Facebook it is observed that one can easily control the settings, words, appearance, dress and nonverbal communication to project to others [Wood,
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