"General Aesthesia": Mutations of Value and Cognition in New Media Practices
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AbstractAlthough penetration rates and other measures of the rapid growth of mobile technologies capture our imaginations, what is not so readily understood is why this "charismatic technology" (Fortunati 2007) has been so adopted-and adapted-in local contexts. In particular, relatively little systematic attention has been given to the forms of user-created content. Video-and photo-sharing sites, social networking sites, and blogs have become the space for projection of a range of new user-created content, challenging assumptions about the image's power to universally communicate and presenting a dissolution of the division of aesthetic labor between artists and nonartists (the skilled and unskilled). This results in what the author calls a widespread general aesthesia in which an affective state of response, a heightening of awareness, extends users' creative capacities and presents a counter to the widespread assumption of anesthetization in the face of information overload. This research is based on the study of camera-phone practices in Hong Kong in which microlevel adaptations and transformations of technology by users suggest a much more diffused form of innovation than is generally understood within innovation and industry policy frameworks.
All Author(s) ListGrace H
Journal nameInformation Society
Volume Number26
Issue Number4
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge): Library and Information Science
Pages256 - 265
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsaesthesia; camera-phone; ICTs; mobility; new media; technology; user-created content
Web of Science Subject CategoriesInformation Science & Library Science; INFORMATION SCIENCE & LIBRARY SCIENCE

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