Lyric versus audit in the virtual society

Ladkin, Sam (2011) Lyric versus audit in the virtual society. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 47 (4). pp. 454-467. ISSN 0015-8518

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Abstract

This article relates properties of lyric (immediacy, longing) to similar properties in our behaviour as influenced by the internet or virtuality. It diagnoses two key effects: the internet alters our experience of sociability and that of our bodies. Marilyn Strathern's differentiation of audit cultures from ethnography reads virtuality as abstraction: the virtual is communication and information reified from social relations and is therefore structurally analogous to economic activity. A reading of Chris Goode's writings via the queer phenomenology of Sara Ahmed offers a critique of the internet's refusal of distance (its myth of immediacy), of disorientation (its straightening and bureaucratization of our lives), and of syntax (memory).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Goode, Chris; Strathern, Marilyn; Ahmed, Sara; Merleau-Ponty,Maurice; virtuality; internet; lyric; phenomenology; queer; gay; Halpern, Rob;audit
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Samuel Ladkin
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 09:10
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 09:10
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/82110

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