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Title:Duration and Desire
Author(s):Keilty, Patrick
Subject(s):Information science
Embodied experience
Online pornography
Abstract:This essay examines the heterogeneous process of browsing pornography online. It begins with a discussion of the way in which our experiences of leisure and duration occur concomitantly and simultaneously. In these instances, the temporally linear experience of duration becomes disrupted by moments of immersion into a pleasurable activity. A discussion of immersion necessarily addresses the discourse of "disembodiment" among some digital scholars. Through formal analysis guided by existential phenomenology, this conceptual essay offers a new critical vocabulary, specifically, "diffused embodiment," as a more befitting alternative for describing our temporal and spatial experience of immersion. In the process, this essay examines the ways in which the habits of engaging with the material apparatus of computer technologies and the productively limited narrative framework of online pornography help constitute a heterogeneous and nonlinear temporal experience in the process of browsing online pornography.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press. The School of Information Sciences at Illinois. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:Keilty, Patrick. "Duration and Desire." Library Trends, vol. 66 no. 4, 2018, pp. 487-510. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/lib.2018.0014
Series/Report:Library Trends 66 (4). Spring 2018
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-19

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