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Info Nymphos

Erika Biddle


This article investigates new forms of social control and the transformation of subjectivities made manifest in technological advances in networked media and human-computer interaction (HCI). A selection of contemporary social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and online porn, are used to examine how modes of performativity and participation on the Internet are put to work as evolving forms of networked control. In particular, the paper examines how haptic forms of connecting with others online co-evolve with the Internet’s capacity to control at a distance.


biopower; control at a distance; control societies; dividuation; haptic control; haptic technologies; hyperconnectivity; information society; network culture; network societies; neuroplasticity; social control; social media; social networking; pornography

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