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In Session: Gendering and Construction of Online communities by Digital photos in Korea: Focusing on gendered practices in
Gendering and Construction of Online communities by Digital photos in Korea: Focusing on gendered practices in
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The Academy of Korean Studies, Republic of Korea
Uploading and sharing everyday digital photos in online space have been quite common in Korea, since when several Online communities have started from in the late 1990s. Online communities available for individual uploaders substantially expanded through 2000s, especially among 20s and teenagers. Besides, it's noticeable phenomenon that these online spaces have been differentiated by gender of users, and make influence on them to create gendered practices of taking and sharing digital images. Especially in the case of "DCinside(Digital Camera Inside)" and "Cyworld", two biggest websites in Korea for uploading and sharing everyday photos, it reveals much clearly. Interestingly, "DCinside" usually used by men, identifies itself as a masculine space by particular ways of interaction among male users and calling each other. On the contrary, most of the users of "Cyworld" were female, and it contains plenty of digital photos showing 'feminine image' in proper ways for Korean women. Focusing on these characteristics of online spaces differentiated by gender of users, this paper examines the process of taking, sharing, and showing everyday life by digital photos as gendered practice until now. Moreover, considering the role of "Cyworld" as a rare space for female users in the early of 2000s, it considers how they have consisted private but also open rooms of individual memories in online by digital photos until nowadays.