rachaelsullivan + affect   15

All the Feelings: Jennifer Doyle’s 'Hold It Against Me'
In other words, when we have strong or unresolved feelings about a work of art, we aren’t just dealing with the art, we’re also being forced to deal with ourselves, if only briefly. Doyle seems to be asking us to look at why we choose to stay in or promptly exit those difficult moments, and what can be gained in examining those impulses.
affect  emotion  difficulty  difficult-lit  art  pain 
6 weeks ago by rachaelsullivan
The Real Problem is Not Misinformation – Culture Digitally
his election and my distress both had more to do with the transmission of affect than the transmission of information.
(affect vs. reason)
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In this regard, Trump’s indifference to truth was a feature, not a bug, because it allowed him to say anything that would generate the affects his followers so desired. Rational argument was not exactly the centerpiece of a Trump rally—people liked how he spoke.
election  algorithm  filterbubble  affect  emotion  truth 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Star Trek Generations - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki
"Data is doing nothing but laughing now and when an annoyed La Forge finally asks him to knock it off, Data says, while laughing, that he can't help it and something must be wrong and starts reeling in pain, before collapsing as his neural net has been overloaded by the emotion chip. "
nonhuman  ai  cyborg  robot  emotion  affect 
january 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Apple Gets Intimate — Medium
Apple also understood that siting four sensors on the back of the watch, directly on the skin, distinguished this from any previous device it made. It can signal you sub rosa—pssst, a call is coming, but that’s our little secret. When it “pokes” you, it’s not virtual. You feel it.
apple  intimacy  interface  affect  skin  biometrics  body  from delicious
september 2014 by rachaelsullivan
You Are Mountain - Ian Bogost - The Atlantic
Mountain does what Her attempts, but better. If you’ve stuck with a mountain long enough, eventually it walks away from you rather than you from it. But unlike Samantha, the mountain doesn’t leave on account of any of your failings. At the end of the day, Mountain is no more concerned for you than you are for facial tissues, or than the Indian Ocean is for a lost jetliner.
bogost  nonhuman  games  ai  things  affect  from delicious
july 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Capture, Fixation and Conversation: How The Matrix Has You and Will Sell You, Part 3/3 Apr 10, 2014
For me there are some things that remain to be explored of the fixation process. Estrangement from ourselves for one thing is not often discussed. We, sometimes rightly, celebrate the opportunities social media afford us to represent ourselves, the selves we want to be, or to connect but often forget about the odd moments when we see that captured self, fixed in platform and then turning toward the screen, should say: “That is not it at all, That is not what I meant, at all.” Maybe we’ve all had that feeling when, for example, Facebook implemented the timeline feature. It presented our history as a matter of data, a composite if tags (by us or of us), images, blurbs, etc. Captured into the platform or surrendered there by us our history, so mediated, was therefore not necessarily authored by us, a species of unauthorized biography.
algorithm  facebook  self  timeline  facebookworldtakeover  interface  affect  eliot  from delicious
april 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Facebook and Algorithmic Culture : Joanne McNeil
Facebook makes me feel like a bot. Especially celebrating birthdays on Facebook. The kind of autopilot small talk that makes up a significant amount of social interactions feels even more automated when we have these conversations on a screen. You don’t even need to remember someone’s birthday. The reminders are centered in the interfaced. The convenience of outsourced memory adds another layer of obligation to what should be a warm friendly exchange. And how creative can you get with these comments? “In the words of DH Lawrence, ‘Happy birthday’”
facebook  facebookworldtakeover  algorithm  friendship  compassion  affect  tracking  privacy  interface  users  from delicious
february 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Sympathy for the Blue Screen of Death - Evan Meaney - The Atlantic
Many systems are so complex and so markedly different from ourselves that we can’t interact with them directly—we need interpreters. Think about climate change, for example. My body isn’t an accurate detector of specific carbon levels in the atmosphere, but I can understand the phenomenon when I see melting icecaps or when my home is threatened by rising ocean levels. These observations act as messengers, as feedback. They clue me into things that I can’t see but of which I am nevertheless a part. No matter how much I hate to look, seeing those pictures of a sad polar bear adrift a skimpy ice floe reminds me that I hold membership in a larger ecosystem. The Blue Screen helps reconcile another such divorce between reality and our idea of it. Blue understands that we are preoccupied with the small portion of the computer we can see and touch. It even knows that without us, it’s own world inside the PC would collapse.
objects  error  glitch  windows  software  materiality  userfriendliness  affect  hci  users  from delicious
january 2014 by rachaelsullivan
We Feel Fine / mission
Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the "feeling" expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.
archive  emotion  identity  visualization  blogging  affect 
september 2012 by rachaelsullivan
Making Dead Bodies Legible: Facebook’s Ghosts, Public Bodies and Networked Grief | gnovis
Wall posts on a memorialized Facebook account are not, as we may like to believe, quiet whispers uttered before a grave. They are public intimacies, utterances that are iterable and reiterable by means of an electronic distribution. As a material rhetoric, Facebook offers a space for articulation, one wherein individuals may communicate with the dead and so come into community with living others. They enact this process of exchange and incorporation by way of rhetorical compulsion (taken, again, in the non-pejorative and generative sense). This move of articulation is one that is described by Butler as the project of establishing “modes of public seeing” and, I would add, public feeling (Precarious Life 147). Emergent communicative technologies allow for a collective effort in this attempt. In this way, we find that the multitude of echoes that reverberate through and against a deceased member’s wall constitute a communal voice, one that deliberately distributes the efforts of articula
affect  body  facebook 
january 2012 by rachaelsullivan

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