ONLINE MODE OF AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL REMINISCING: DISCOURSE PRACTICES IN DIGITAL SOCIETY
Autobiographical memory is known to be unique to humans and play a key role in an individual’s identity and self-development. Its unparalleled self-assessing nature and self-identification function make it an unmatched source of information about values and life dominants of both individuals and generations. In this paper, autobiographical reminiscing is studied in the digital discourse perspective. Digital communication is known to be affecting self-expression styles, causing transformations in regular formats, systems of genres, and discourse practices. The objective of the research is to examine general language-related trends in online sharing of autobiographical memories with a particular emphasis on discourse structure and varieties. To conduct the research, an appropriate corpus of English autobiographical reports was collected from Internet sources, including online diaries, blogs, newspaper articles, discussions, etc. The extracted memory accounts were analyzed on the discursive, structural, content, and axiological levels while the obtained results were compared with previous data on non-digital autobiographical memories and interpreted mostly in the discourse perspective.