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Overview

Investigations of affective experiences that emerge in online settings that range from Facebook discussion forums to “smart” classrooms.

Our encounters with websites, avatars, videos, mobile apps, discussion forums, GIFs, and nonhuman intelligent agents allow us to experience sensations of connectivity, interest, desire, and attachment—as well as detachment, boredom, fear, and shame. Some affective online encounters may arouse complex, contradictory feelings that resist dualistic distinctions. In this book, leading scholars examine the fluctuating and altering dynamics of affect that give shape to online connections and disconnections. Doing so, they tie issues of circulation and connectivity to theorizations of networked affect. Their diverse investigations—considering subjects that range from online sexual dynamics to the liveliness of computer code—demonstrate the value of affect theories for Internet studies.

The contributors investigate networked affect in terms of intensity, sensation, and value . They explore online intensities that range from Tumblr practices in LGBTQ communities to visceral reactions to animated avatars; examine the affective materiality of software in such platforms as steampunk culture and nonprofit altporn; and analyze the ascription of value to online activities including the GTD (“getting things done”) movement and the accumulation of personal digital materials.

Contributors
James Ash, Alex Cho, Jodi Dean, Melissa Gregg, Ken Hillis, Kylie Jarrett, Tero Karppi, Stephen Maddison, Susanna Paasonen, Jussi Parikka, Michael Petit, Jennifer Pybus, Jenny Sundén, Veronika Tzankova

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262028646
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/27/2015
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 3.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ken Hillis is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of Online a Lot of the Time: Ritual, Fetish, Sign .

Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. She is the author of C arnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MIT Press) and Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press).

Michael Petit is Director of Media Studies and the Joint Program in New Media Studies, Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, at the University Of Toronto Scarborough, and the author of Google and the Culture of Search .

Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. She is the author of C arnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MIT Press) and Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press).

Ken Hillis is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of Online a Lot of the Time: Ritual, Fetish, Sign .

Michael Petit is Director of Media Studies and the Joint Program in New Media Studies, Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, at the University Of Toronto Scarborough, and the author of Google and the Culture of Search .

Jussi Parikka is Professor of Technological Culture and Aesthetics at University of Southampton's Winchester School of Art and Docent in Digital Culture Theory at the University of Turku, Finland. He is the author of What Is Media Archaeology? and other books.

Kylie Jarrett is Head of the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, Ireland, and author of Feminism, Labour and Digital Media: The Digital Housewife .

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction: Networks of Transmission: Intensity, Sensation, Value Susanna Paasonen Ken Hillis Michael Petit 1

Intensity

2 A Midsummer's Bonfire: Affective Intensities of Online Debate Susanna Paasonen 27

3 Queer Reverb: Tumblr, Affect, Time Alexander Cho 43

4 Affective Politics or Political Affection: Online Sexuality in Turkey Veronika Tzankova 59

5 The Avatar and Online Affect Ken Hillis 75

6 Affect and Drive Jodi Dean 89

Sensation

7 Ethologies of Software Art and Affect: What Can a Digital Body of Code Do? Jussi Parikka 103

8 Sensation, Networks, and the GIF: Toward an Allotropic Account of Affect James Ash 119

9 Technologies of Feeling: Affect between the Analog and the Digital Jenny Sundén 135

10 "Make Love Not Porn": Entrepreneurial Voyeurism, Agency, and Affect Stephen Maddison 151

11 Digital Disaffect: Teaching through Screens Michael Petit 169

Value

12 Getting Things Done: Productivity, Self-Management, and the Order of Things Melissa Gregg 187

13 "Let's Express Our Friendship by Sending Each Other Funny Links instead of Actually Talking": Gifts, Commodities, and Social Reproduction in Facebook Kylie Jarrett 203

14 Happy Accidents: Facebook and the Value of Affect Tero Karppi 221

15 Accumulating Affect: Social Networks and Their Archives of Feelings Jennifer Pybus 235

Contributors 251

Index 253

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