Effective examples of this can be seen in campaigns and movements from President Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, utilizing social media technology to engage youth, to acclaimed Seattle writer Dan Savage’s It Gets Better project, a video project in response to media coverage of recent gay teen suicides. Social media is evolving into an interesting and dynamic individualized/interactive experience. It is vital to note that these experiences are thorough demonstrations in how we choose to be seen and how we perform our queer identities and therefore incorporate the idea of identity freedom or restrictions based on our own personal inhibitions or lack thereof. It can also be suggested that these portrayals of self, either as constructed or unedited, are a reflection of society and queer culture as a whole and introduces the question of whether or not we become more free to express and explore our identities through the internet than we can in real life.
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