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Is there anybody out there? - Social Media as a new social fetish

Kappler, Karolin Eva and de Querol, Ricard Ruiz (2011) Is there anybody out there? - Social Media as a new social fetish. pp. 1-6. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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It is often claimed that Social Media are changing the subject of social interaction, empowering people and facilitating new and interactive possibilities. The present paper, an empirically based theoretical reflection on the participative subject, follows Lacan�s and Zizek�s philosophical and psychoanalytical thinking by questioning the assumed interactive connotation of user profiles, attitudes and behavior through the philosophical and psychoanalytical concept of �interpassivity�. It describes how Social Media become a new social fetish for many of the so-called �produsers�, reducing the allegedly social interactions into reified and objectified relationships, �decentering� the subject from within.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference 2011
Subjects:WS9 Sociology > WS91 Social Attitudes
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:454
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 16:43
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:06

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