The emotional in-formation of digital life: Simondon, individuation and affectivity

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Tucker, I. 2023. The emotional in-formation of digital life: Simondon, individuation and affectivity. Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory. In Press. https://doi.org/10.1080/1600910X.2023.2224523
AuthorsTucker, I.
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The current paper argues for an onto-genetic account of our relationships with digital technologies, that captures the excessive operation of data and the meta-stabilizing role of emotion in the operation of individuation. Drawing on Gilbert Simondon’s (2020a. Individuation in light of notions of form and information. Trans. T. Adkins. London: University of Minnesota Press; 2020b. Individuation in light of notions of form and information: Volume II Supplemental Texts. Trans. T. Adkins. London: University of Minnesota Press.) notions of information and emotion, the paper captures the deep integration of datafication in everyday life, and the operation of emotion to (meta)stabilize the pressure and tension that data generating practices present to psychosocial life. Data can operate across individual and collective life, and therefore present a tension that emotion operates to address in ensuring the persistence of the individual. The paper concludes with an argument for the value of the notion of emotional in-formation for capturing the simultaneity of data and emotion in the ongoing constitution of individuals. This can provide a conceptual foundation for future social scientific analysis focusing on specific data-emotion practices.

JournalDistinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory
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ISSN1600-910X
Year2023
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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