Sociable media: Phatic connection in digital art

James Joseph Hodge*

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Abstract

This essay argues for the impersonally social character of phatic communication in the context of contemporary networked media culture. Georg Simmel's theorization of sociability as a playfully impersonal mode of social being prior to difference provides the basis for a discussion of the pleasures of phatic communication in digital media in terms of connection not with persons but with the network itself. This pleasure has two distinct poles of experience: being and relating. The latter portion of the essay examines this distinction through the analysis of two digital artworks, Frances Stark's My Best Thing and David OReilly's Mountain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPostmodern Culture
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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  • Literature and Literary Theory

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