Tuesday, April 7, 2009
In Yo' Face!
Throughout Goffman's work we continue on hearing this idea that our impressions need to be managed and that we present or have different kinds of selves. Dramaturgy is the understanding or an attempt to understand how social encounters can be compared to as a dramatic stage (Allan, 2007). We have different identities and everywhere but in the privacy of our home we are always acting. Goffman claims that we although may come real close to a loved one (as in the case of marriage) we still put on a face when in presense of them. We are only our true selves when we are alone at home. This idea sets me up to question, If I am alone right now at home, I am working on this blog for a letter grade.... am I my true self or am I simply using a specific face that allows me to write so "eloquently" (this is a joke by the way) in this language to induce your responses? And you, taking the time to read and complete your duty as a student, at home, "alone", are you wearing a mask or is it your true self?