Instagraff:The Influence of Web 2.0, Social Media, and User-Created Content Upon Graffiti Culture Performed in Cyber/Space.

Harding, Nicola (2019) Instagraff:The Influence of Web 2.0, Social Media, and User-Created Content Upon Graffiti Culture Performed in Cyber/Space. In: Crime, Deviance and Popular Culture. Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture (1). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 259-286. ISBN 9783030049119

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Abstract

Instagraff, graffiti found on the social media website Instagram, examines social and technological advances that have prompted graffiti culture to appear ‘mainstream’. Recognising the birth of Web 2.0 as a key turning point, this study analyses images from social media accounts of graffiti writers, relating them to the works of Goffman (1959), Burgess (2007), and Baudrillard (1970). Its findings suggest that online representations of graffiti culture are no longer necessarily based upon sensory, deviant, risk-taking associated with urban graffiti. The use of social media by young would-be graffiti writers has created new avenues for the commercialisation of a vibrant, but deviant, subculture. Therefore, graffiti shared on social media cannot be considered a true representation of graffiti subculture, but a procession of simulacra, developing new forms of graffiti culture dislocated from graffiti’s deviant origins.

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Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
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132793
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15 Apr 2019 10:40
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Published
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18 Jul 2020 00:52