Who moved my conversation? instant messaging, intertextuality and new regimes of intimacy and truth

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Abstract

The article investigates the shift of much interpersonal communication from phone or face-to-face interaction to instant messaging, especially among teenagers. This objectification of conversation enabled changes in myriad social practices, as well as in regimes of intimacy and truth: new, invisible audiences are introduced to hitherto intimate situations for real-time consultations; intimacy, traditionally based on exclusivity in access to events and information, has to be reshaped under the new conditions as 'network intimacy'; formerly separate events collapse into new frames, challenging traditional temporal sequencing of sociability; conversations are imbued with performativities of different sorts; and proof and evidence are introduced into interpersonal spheres where they weren't common before.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-87
Number of pages17
JournalMedia, Culture and Society
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • blogs
  • conversations
  • gossip
  • instant messaging
  • interpersonal communication
  • intimacy
  • performativity
  • youth

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