The Self–Other Topology: The Politics of (User) Experience in the Like Economy

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Sampson, T. 2017. The Self–Other Topology: The Politics of (User) Experience in the Like Economy. in: Gackenbach, Jayne and Bown, Johnathan (ed.) Boundaries of Self and Reality Online Academic Press. pp. 123-139
AuthorsSampson, T.
EditorsGackenbach, Jayne and Bown, Johnathan
Abstract

This chapter will argue that the politics of experience R.D. Laing described back in the 1960s have been dramatically intensified by social media networks, and continues, as Laing did, to test assumptions about the discreteness of the self/other relation. It further contends that this escalation of mediated social connectivity in the 21st century becomes manifest in two specific ways, both of which challenge a self-concept widely understood as a phenomenal self-experience (structured through representations of the external world experienced from a first-person perception). Firstly, the chapter observes how Laing’s alienating politics of experience now arises from new kinds of commodity production focused increasingly on shared experiences. Secondly, it challenges the conventional, yet problematic, split between the psychological experience of self (the so-called inner world of experience) and the shared social self (the experience of the outer world) in ways that Laing only hints at.

Book titleBoundaries of Self and Reality Online
Page range123-139
Year2017
PublisherAcademic Press
Publication dates
Online03 Mar 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Mar 2018
ISBN978-0-12-804157-4
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-804157-4.00007-4
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-804157-4.00007-4
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