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On the globalization of the self: Internet weblogs as an identity-forming activity

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During the infancy of the Word Wide Web, academic, government and commercial institutions produced most of the content on the Internet. Personal web pages were few and far between because only those who had learned to code html, the language of webpage creation, could publish in the electronic medium of the Internet. Normally, a weblog serves as an online journal where the weblog editor has the ability to publish anything on the global network: daily reflections, reactions to current events, graphic files, and music. This chapter attempts to uncover the process of identity-formation in a philosophical manner, which means reflecting on how a weblog not only exhibits one’s identity but more so determines it. It briefly examines how, in ancient and medieval thought, the metaphysical categories of being and substance provided the belief that the self is abstract and essential.

Keywords: global network; internet weblog; Word Wide Web



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