Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright
This book has been a lesson in sociality. I am grateful for the feedback and support of colleagues, who have modeled the criticality and care that supports every good friendship. Jason Pine, Agustin Zarzosa, Michelle Stewart, Ahmed Afzal, Bill Baskin, and Lisa Jean Moore all read portions of the book and offered their generous input. Special thanks go to Morris...
This book is about what it feels like to connect, or fail to, in a technophilic and technophobic present in which intimacy has gone virtual, if it ever was real. We depend on communications technologies to facilitate our lives and our interactions with others; we look to new media for succor from our loneliness, to bring us into contact with ...
Chapter One: The Virtual Life of Sex in Public
In this chapter, I examine various scenes of intimacy’s failure, juxtaposing recent mass mediated sex scandals with ethnographic research I conducted in Austin, Texas, a city famous both for its high technology aspirations and for its cruising culture. I speculate on the ways various discourses on sex in public and virtually mediated eroticism try ...
Chapter Two: Intimacies in the Multi(player)verse
In the overlapping fandoms of comic and gaming culture, a multiverse is comprised of many existing, sometimes overlapping, parallel universes. In different genres of fiction, these are speculative zones that allow creators and fans to ask and explore “What if?” scenarios in which they creatively reframe familiar characters, spaces, and...
Chapter Three: Feeling Black and Blue
This used to be my Grindr profile (Fig. 3.1). Grindr is a smart phone
app that brings gay cruising into the digital age.
This is a picture of me doing a twisted thigh stretch in Central Park. The image is heavily shadowed, but an interested viewer might note my lean muscly frame and the faint hint of tattoos on my back...
Chapter Four: Justin Fucks the Future
It’s hard to be certain what former “camwhore” Justin Berry was looking for when he appeared on Oprah with his erstwhile savior, the then‑esteemed New York Times journalist, Kurt Eichenwald. Was it to seek redemption? To warn parents about what their kids were doing with webcams? To tease and frighten viewers about the availability of...
Chapter Five: The Élan Vital of DIY Porn
I jump between sites.
I watch the cropped torso of a racially ambiguous young man with thick, muscular legs standing in front of a nondescript bathtub. He whispers, just audibly, “I’m so horny right now,” rubbing his cock beneath red Diesel boxer briefs. He turns and pulls his underwear down, arching his back to reveal a hairy butt. He turns toward the ...
Coda: On Not Hooking Up
In John Cameron Mitchell’s 2006 film Shortbus, Ceth (pronounced “Seth”), a willowy young model, navigates an indy queer salon/party/orgy also called “Shortbus” in New York City. He has a mobile device with him, a “Yenta,” that exclaims, “I’ve got a match for you!” when he nears Magnus, a tall, black potential match with a cool haircut....
Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 864139116
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