Harry T Dyer

Harry T Dyer
University of East Anglia | UEA · School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Doctor of Education

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Introduction
A lecturer in education at the University of East Anglia, Harry specializes in online identity formation, unpacking how technology and site design affect the creation and maintenance of identity online. Visit www.harrytdyer.com for more information and regular blog updates
Additional affiliations
September 2012 - present
University of East Anglia
Position
  • Associate Tutor
Description
  • I have led lectures and seminars in a wide range of subject areas including Media and Education, Ethical Research Methods and Practices, and Social Science Methodology.
Education
September 2012 - September 2015
University of East Anglia
Field of study
  • Digital Sociology
August 2011 - July 2012
University of East Anglia
Field of study
  • Social Science Research Methods
September 2007 - July 2010
King's College London
Field of study
  • English Language and Communication

Publications

Publications (13)
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PurposeOnline Social Networking Sites (SNSs) such as Facebook and Twitter have become increasingly popular in the last decade. Each SNS varies somewhat, with different forms of expression, communication and customization. Different sites may have different priorities, methods of interacting, social features and definitions of what it means to be ‘s...
Conference Paper
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Against a backdrop of young people increasingly using an array of social media platforms for a range of social activities [20], accessed through a variety of devices [27], this paper reports upon the findings of a research project considering the effect of these platforms upon the actions and interactions of young people. Reporting on findings from...
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The establishment and negotiation of a new and incoming student identity during their transition to university is traditionally a healthy area of research, yielding many interesting results about how to support students in this transitionary period. However, there is little research that acknowledges and explores the increasingly vital and central...
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This chapter explores what it means to be ‘social’ online. We begin with a discussion of the manner in which our online social experiences, expectations, and engagements are enmeshed with extant socio-cultural resources in various ways. The discussion then moves to consider the various ways of engaging with social media beyond networking and peer i...
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This chapter deals with the seemingly simple but surprisingly complex task of defining social media. We begin with a discussion of what social media isn’t, working through some of the common and pervasive myths around social media and young people, before moving on to discuss some of the difficulties in offering a clear definition of social media....
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Datafication, algorithms, social media and their various assemblages enable massive connective processes, enriching personal interaction and amplifying the scope and scale of public networks. At the same time, surveillance capitalists and the social quantification sector are committed to monetizing every aspect of human communication, all of which...
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This chapter explores what a consideration of the manner in which design influences social experiences online might mean for educational researchers, educators, and pupils. The chapter begins by critiquing the current approaches towards technology in education, particularly highlighting the one-size-fits-all model of technology in classrooms, the c...
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Through a sustained engagement with sociological theories of identity and the social, this chapter builds the case for a new theoretical approach to considering identity presentation online. This chapter begins by exploring previous sociological approaches toward identity, specifically focusing upon Goffman’s work around the performative nature of...
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This introductory chapter begins to explore why education needs to carefully explore, understand, and engage with social media. Through a sustained comparison with Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, this chapter unpacks why there is a need for educators, educational research, and educational policy makers to more carefully examine social media rather than...
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Beyond looking at the platforms themselves, when considering how social media is shaping our experiences and interactions online and offline, there is also a need to consider the devices through which we access these platforms. This chapter provides a look at how technology can change our actions and interactions and highlights the need to move bey...
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This chapter presents a sustained look at data collected from a year-long series of interviews with young people to consider how they framed and understood identity online. The data reveals a number of elements which shape how identity manifests online.
Book
This book uses data collected from in-depth interviews with young people over the course of a year to explore the complex role of social media in their lives, and the part it plays in shaping how they understand and present their identity to a broad public on a wide array of platforms. Using this data, the book proposes and develops a new theoretic...

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