Book Review: Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics


After reading through Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics, I have learned that activism can happen everyday and in many different forms and people are fighting for equality daily. I think it is important for people to learn more or be knowledgable about activism and “everyday activism” because of the world we live in today and the rights of all people.

When reading this book I noticed that a huge chunk of it was about the LGBTQ community, which I stated in the last two book reviews. They are the people that are mainly effected by everyday activism, so for these people to feel brave enough to use the digital platform and for the author to feel this is an important topic, it has touched me in a way I feel that everyone should be equal and feel the equality.

I felt the digital storytelling was a great addition to the book, I just wish this book came with the actual videos from the digital stories. There were parts in the book where I did read about the individual stories, but I would’ve felt more of the emotion behind it if I was able to watch the stories.


After reading through sections of this book “everyday activism” is a term that has constantly jumped out to me. This term is in the title of the book, but for myself I wanted to know more about what “everyday activism” is. Since I have been skipping around the book and reading stories of people who have witness or been apart of everyday activism, I stubbled across the term, which means sharing divergent personal stories has a persuasive capacity to reshape prevailing conservative attitudes.

I noticed that a lot of the everyday activism stories come from the LBGTQ community. In this book the author refers to these everyday activism stories as “queer identity” and “queer storytellers” where these people tell their truth or stories where they are judged in certain scenarios.

The author calls everyday activism as conventional and strategic activism. This is something that happens spontaneously everyday.


In the second section of Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics, I noticed that most of this section talked about the LBGTQ community or what the author called it “queer identity”. The concepts of this section talked about the world making these people feel their choosing of sexuality was wrong. Many of the stories told are daily situations where these people feel uncomfortable by the way they are treat by other and the world.

On particular section, nominalising queer, highlights the difficulties of being gay or queen. This is something that happens everyday and it may be face to face or over the internet, but Donna Haraway tells her digital story where she felt that homosexual and queer people are just as important as straight people. As for Haraway, her feeling towards this topic is sexuality should be a social norm including same sex marriages and rights of gay people the in United States.


The book Digital Identity and Everyday is about gathering virtual stories of people around that world who witness “everyday activism”. The virtual stories are 2-3 minute long videos, where people tell a story of face-to-face or via social media incidents where people may feel victimized. The first chapter talks about the 25 participants who are interviewed or answer questionaries, giving a total of 33 digital stories; which you cannot see. I wish the digital stories can along with the book, that would be more interesting than reading about them, but the stories I read so far are interesting enough.

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