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    Queering alienation in digital media

    Jarrett, Kylie (2016) Queering alienation in digital media. First Monday, 21 (10). ISSN 1995-2013

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    Marx’s concept of alienation, particularly as articulated in Dallas Smythe’s audience-commodity thesis, is central to critical studies of the political economy of digital media and its exploitation of user labour. However, in its application within critical studies of Internet economies, the concept often becomes limited to alienation from ‘species-being’ or autonomous self-actualisation. Drawing on mostly queer, but also some feminist, critiques this paper seeks to challenge this application of the alienation concept. It uses examples of the mediation of gay and queer sexualities through online hook-up apps to illustrate its position, concluding with some suggestions for how queering the subject of the alienation thesis may shape further analysis.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: digital media;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 7628
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    Depositing User: Kylie Jarrett
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 16:52
    Journal or Publication Title: First Monday
    Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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