Deconstructionist question

For my current course in my master’s program, I’ve been looking a number of different theoretical perspectives from which educational research can be conducted.

The prof asked us to come up with research questions from each. As I was doing so, I was thinking of web 2.0 technologies like those listed under the Virtual Me header at right … web services that allow anyone to record personal information, history, events, thoughts, experiences. Here’s my question for deconstructionism:

How does recording personal history and artifacts – which necessarily presents a static, freeze-frame version of the self – subvert the concept of identity by representing a dynamic, mutable substance as a stable, unchanging essence?

A good deconstructionist question should be subversive of itself … should deconstruct itself and its own language just as much if not more than whatever concept it purports to analyze.

Coming up with that was fun.

 


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