Hating Habermas: on exhibitionism, shame and life on the actually existing internet

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Grabbing has overt political dimensions: consider the expression ‘screen grab’, in which an image, sound or line of text is excised out of its original context and often sent travelling the internet, spinning into what danah boyd calls the ‘super-public’ sphere, beyond geography, intention and even time. This chapter discusses how pivotal the politics of grabbing were going to be online, the more trouble with conceptions of the internet as a public sphere dominated by Habermasian rational subjects. Reading more deeply in philosophy and history, the author learned that the eighteenth century was actually full of competing notions of how a proper citizen should behave: for every Edmund Burke, there was a Thomas Paine or a Mary Wollstonecraft.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotography reframed
Subtitle of host publicationnew visions in contemporary photographic culture
EditorsBen Burbridge, Annebella Pollen
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherI. B. Tauris
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781786724335, 9781786734334, 9781003103806, 9781000210927
ISBN (Print)9781784538828, 9781784538835
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

First published 2018 by I.B.Tauris; published 2020 by Routledge.


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