In lieu of an abstract, here is the first paragraph of this contribution to this forum:
The advent of Facebook in 2004, Twitter in 2006, Tumblr in 2007, Instagram and Pinterest in 2010, and Snapchat and Google+ in 2011 facilitated the emergence of “everyday” autobiographies out of keeping with memoir practices of the past. These “quick media” enable constant, instantaneous, and seemingly organic expressions of everyday lives. To read quick media as “autobiographical acts” allows us to analyze how people mobilize online media as representations of their lives and the lives of others. They do so through a wide range of topics including YouTube testimonials posted by asylum seekers (Whitlock 2015) and the life-style oriented content on Pinterest. To be sure, the political content of these different quick media life writing varies greatly. Nevertheless, in line with the feminist credo that the personal is political, these expressions of selfhood are indicative of specific societal and political contexts and thus contribute to the memoir boom long noticed on the literary market.
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