Social media as the new confessional?

Do the new anonymous social media apps encourage us to overshare?

The Guardian. 2014. Do the new anonymous social media apps encourage us to overshare?. The Guardian. 7 June 2014. [Online] Available at: [Accessed: 10 June 2014]

Having just read The History of Sexuality: Volume 1 I was struck by the way in which Foucault talks about the way that people in the nineteenth century were compelled to talk about sexuality as a way to contribute to discourse on the body. It’s interesting that, it seems to me, with social media there is no longer a need to compel people to talk, they seem desperate to contribute and define themselves through their discourse.

  • Has expression/creation of identity changed with social media?
  • How has it changed?
  • What does this mean?

Power ≡ Truth ≡ Knowledge

“[T]ruth is not by nature free … its production is thoroughly imbued with relations of power. The confession is an example of this.

[The has been] [a]n immense labor to which the West has submitted generations in order to produce … men’s subjection: their constitution as subjects in both sense of the word.”


Foucault, M. 1978. The History of Sexuality – Volume 1: An Introduction. New York: Vintage Books