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Digital Intimacies: Doing Digital Media Differently
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Digitala intimiteter : Digitala medier på ett nytt sätt (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Digital media have become an integral part of many people’s everyday lives and constitute an intimate presence therein. Utilizing the concept of digital intimacy to focus on these recent developments, this doctoral dissertation takes the perspectives of feminist cultural studies and affect theory to analyze how digital media are becoming more intimate and how in turn intimacy is remediated within digital cultures.

This research brings together three different strategic examples of digital intimacy. The first is chosen from the context of online hate and harassment, and works to counteract digital forms of intimidation. The second is from the world of software development training initiatives tailored for women and designed to make them digitally intimate. The third investigates the digital subculture around ASMR (‘autonomous sensory meridian response’), which is an intimate multi-sensory stimulation induced by such things as online video clips.

It is argued that these three initiatives are good illustrations of contemporary gender relations in digital cultures, and also do digital media differently. This  means that they develop and apply sometimes straightforward, sometimes rather playful strategies to counteract gender-based inimicalities (such as forms of discrimination or exclusion, or objectification) within digital cultures. The thesis argues that such digitally intimate strategies can be utilized analytically in order to contribute to contemporary feminist internet politics.

Abstract [sv]

Digitala medier har blivit en integrerad del av och en intim närvaro i många människors vardag. Med hjälp av begreppet digital intimitet, som tar dessa förändringar på allvar, analyserar denna avhandling hur digitala medier blir mer intima och hur intimitet remedieras i digitala kulturer. Detta görs utifrån perspektiv hämtade från feministiska kulturstudier och affektteori.

Tre olika strategiska exempel på digital intimitet diskuteras. Det första exemplet hanterar näthat och trakasserier online och utgör ett slags  motståndsstrategier. Det andra handlar om utbildningsinitiativ inom programmering riktade till kvinnor, ämnade att ge kvinnor större digital tillgång, närhet och närvaro. Det tredje fallet undersöker den digitala subkulturen kring ASMR (’autonomous sensory meridian response’), en intim multi-sensorisk stimulering som ofta understöds av videoklipp online.

Det hävdas här att dessa strategiska exempel, först och främst, synliggör samtida genusrelationer i digitala kulturer, men även visar hur digitala medier gör genus på nya sätt. Med detta menas att i medierna både bevaras genuskonventioner och tillämpas nya, ibland lekfulla strategier för att motverka könsrelaterad fientlighet inom digitala kulturer. Avhandlingen hävdar att de tre studerade strategierna för digital intimitet kan användas analytiskt för att bidra till en samtida feministisk internetpolitik.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. , 113 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 691
Keyword [en]
Digital media, intimacy, cultural studies, media studies, affect, feminism, gender, coding, online harassment, ASMR, internet politics, digital intimacy
Keyword [sv]
Digitala medier, intimitet, kulturstudier, mediestudier, affekt, feminism, genus, programmering, online trakasserier, ASMR, internetpolitik, digital intimitet
National Category
Media Studies Cultural Studies Gender Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132634DOI: 10.3384/diss.diva-132634ISBN: 9789176857182 (Print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132634DiVA: diva2:1047582
Public defence
2016-12-09, Key 1, House K, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2016-11-18 Created: 2016-11-18 Last updated: 2016-11-18Bibliographically approved

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