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An inquiry into how livestreaming can help us meaningfully connect

Livestreaming is ubiquitous in our Covid-19-inflected era. In this book, EL Putnam takes up the implications of this technology, arguing that livestreamed internet broadcasts perform aesthetic and ethical encounters that invite distinctive means of relating to others. Treating humans and technologies as inherently relational, Putnam considers how livestreaming constitutes new patterns of being together that are complex, ambivalent, and transformative. Understood in such a way, we see how livestreaming exceeds quantifying and calculating metrics, challenges emphasis on content generation, and introduces an entirely new—and dynamic—means of social engagement.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Context Collapse
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  1. Zoom Aesthetics
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  1. Glitch, Noise, and Techno-Grrrls
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  1. Aesthetics of Duration and Transformative Justice
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  1. When Death Goes Viral
  2. pp. 49-60
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  1. Patternmaking: Techno-Aesthetics of Mundane Intimacy
  2. pp. 61-72
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  1. Conclusion: (Not) Becoming Machine
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Author Biography
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