Monday, December 15, 2008

Love Me, Love My Avatar

This show addresses changing notions of love and romance in the face of the rampant technological innovations of the Internet era. Dominic Pettman, Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at the New School and our avatar host take a look at love in the digital era. Pettman discuses several manifestations of "Love 5.0" such as objectum sexuality, virtual girlfriends, and cyborg love, and explore the possible impacts of this new love on the future of the libidinal economy. Includes a clip from Donna Haraway Reads National Geographic and a PTTV eharmony spoof.


Angel said...

Cool job with the interview,and it's very right to talk about Japanese people as a possible new future for all the "civilization" (even they live in some kind of extra reality). They have something called CANDY GIRLS, in USA it's called LOVE DOLL, and it's some kind of sex doll but without the rudeness of that, it has real human appearence and it's really disturbing actually, you can imageine what those japanese do with them, here is a video where you can have a closer look to what I'm saying: and this other one as well is very good, maybe better :
At least we have created the OBJECT WOMAN, without feelings or needs just our ansiety of getting what we cannot. I don't thing this is a way of fulfillment and achievement but a way of "corruptioN" (dunno how to say that) and I don't know If Laura Mulvey knows about that, but if she does...well it would be nice to know about her opinion, don't you think?

adamsebire said...

Very interesting stuff - loved the analysis of Love 1.0-6.0!
For me, the most disconcerting thing about Love 5.0 is the way it seems to be intertwined with capitalism. It's often been noted how the classic nuclear family model of love is ideally suited to consumerism. Instead of possibilities that might liberate us from this model, Love 5.0 seems more tied up than ever with consumerism, materialism and buying happiness.
I also found myself wondering what Love 5.0b might have looked like were there to be a successful Communist society around today. Where love of the Collective was - at least on paper - sometimes placed above what were considered more selfishly individualistic forms of love.

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