chapter  10
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Fragmented Networks

Do scholars represent themselves fully and in authentic ways when they are online? What aspects of their identity might they leave out? How do they choose which parts of their identity to disclose?

Becoming a Networked Scholar

I remember the exact moment when I decided to join Twitter and create a professional blog. I was reading chapter proposals for a book that I was editing, and one proposal made such a big impression upon me that I decided to invest more time in using networked technologies, beyond the parameters of the courses that I was teaching. At fi rst, I often struggled with the notion of public participation on social media, of “putting myself out there,” publishing draft ideas, and sharing details of my professional and non-professional life. Like many other scholars I have spoken with, I assumed that others would fi nd my musings incomplete, dull, and irrelevant.