Cosmic Topologies of Imitation: From the Horror of Digital Autotoxicus to the Auto-Toxicity of the Social
Sampson, T. 2017. Cosmic Topologies of Imitation: From the Horror of Digital Autotoxicus to the Auto-Toxicity of the Social. Parallax. 23 (1), pp. 61-76.
This article expands on an earlier concept of horror autotoxicus linked to digital contagions of spam and network Virality.1 It aims to present, as such, a broader conception of cosmic topologies of imitation (CTI) intended to better grasp the relatively new practices of social media marketing. Similar to digital autotoxicity, CTI provide the perfect medium for sharing while also spreading contagions that can potentially contaminate the medium itself. However, whereas digital contagions are perhaps limited to the toxicity of a technical layer of information viruses, the contagions of CTI are an all pervasive auto-toxicity which can infect human bodies and technologies increasingly in concert with each other. This is an exceptional autotoxicus that significantly blurs the immunological line of exemption between self and nonself, and potentially, the anthropomorphic distinction between individual self and collective others.
|Journal citation||23 (1), pp. 61-76|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/13534645.2016.1261662|
|29 Jan 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||27 Jun 2016|
|Accepted||15 Jun 2016|
|Copyright information||© 2016 Taylor & Francis This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Parallax on 29.01.17, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13534645.2016.1261662|
|License||All rights reserved|
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