Foucault, Exhibitionism and Voyeurism on Chatroulette

Kreps, David (2010) Foucault, Exhibitionism and Voyeurism on Chatroulette. In: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication 2010 Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication Vancouver, Canada, 15-18 June 2010. School of Information Technology Murdoch University, Murdoch, pp. 207-216.

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Abstract

Sexuality, understood as a Foucauldian discourse that expresses itself through our passions and pursuits and contributes massively to our sociallyconstructed identity formation, has from the outset been a major factor in the growth of the internet. As the ultimate look-but-don‘t-touch medium, the computer screen has offered us a pornographic emporium in the privacy of our homes, fed first by the producers of material in the standard broadcast mode, then more and more by ourselves, to each other, in the social media context of online sexual social networking. The recent shift of sexual video material from broadcast to social media mode highlights the fundamental exhibitionism/voyeurism dyad at the core of all this activity, and finds its most impersonal, anonymous apotheosis in the phenomenon that is ChatRoulette, where visual discourse-objects are deployed in a nexus of online sexual power relations.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Cultural Attitudes Towards Communication and Technology, Proceedings > CATaC Conference 2010
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 15:04
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 14:11
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/2287

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