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Research on Digital Media and Identity

Biography

Cinar Aydogan is a PhD student at London Metropolitan University. His areas of expertise include online marketing and digital media. His work focuses on the impact of social media in the identity development of transgender individuals, focusing on the different stages of identity disclosure.

Abstract

Social Media is one way people use to connect with others; it offers a platform to explore LGBTQ+ identity in a ``safe space``. Transgender people can ``come out`` to their online communities before they do in ``real life``. The ``online disinhibition effect`` (Suler, 2004) explains how a lack of face-to-face interactions and the anonymity provided by the internet can lead to increased self-disclosure. The extent to which Social Media affects identity disclosure is largely unexplored. This research investigates issues that trans* people face in establishing and validating their identity through online disclosure and the impact that using social media has on the ``coming out``-experience of trans* individuals.

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Talks, Seminars and Presentations

School of Computing and Digital Media Seminar @ London Metropolitan University
Wednesday, 3rd February 2021

 

Critical Conversation Café “Gender Dysphoria” @ London Metropolitan University
Wednesday, 24th February 2021

 

LGBTQ+ Panel Discussion @ Union Hand-roasted Coffee
Wednesday, 7th April 2021

 

Researching the Rainbow @ National Student Pride
Wednesday, 24th April 2021

 

Lecture “Coming out as Trans* on Social Media” @ London Metropolitan University
Wednesday, 29th April 2021