Title

Together and alone: Telling second stories on the humans of New York Facebook page

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Storytelling, Self, Society

Volume

16

Issue

2

First Page

244

Last Page

262

Publisher

Wayne State University Press

School

School of Arts and Humanities

Comments

Guo, L. (2020). Together and alone: Telling second stories on the humans of New York Facebook page. Storytelling, Self, Society, 16(2), 244-262. https://doi.org/10.13110/storselfsoci.16.2.0244

Abstract

This article investigates the phenomenon of telling second stories on the Humans of New York Facebook page. An integrated textual analysis was applied to selected second stories in the commentary of one post. Tenta-tive conclusions include: (1) second stories connect with, transcend, and recontextualize the first story; (2) compelling second stories become new first stories and even usurp the initial first story. Based on the relationship between second and first stories, this article further reveals how social media affordances facilitate as well as impede meaning-making, intimacy, and solidarity in the storytelling process. Additionally, this article also serves as a starting point to understanding Humans of New York’s endur-ing worldwide influence as an iconic storytelling project.

DOI

10.13110/storselfsoci.16.2.0244

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