Re-conceptualising Liveness in the Era of Social Media

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation-


Aiming to re-conceptualise liveness in the social media era, this talk explores various factors influencing our current construction of it. Liveness is here regarded as a historical construct that mainly drives on the potential connection, through media, to events that matter to us as they unfold. Three central claims are made to direct this exploration:
1. The two key aspects of liveness are immediacy and meaningful connection.
2. There is no privileged ‘liveness medium’ as liveness is not a quality of a medium, but rather a construction around media.
3. For understanding this construction of liveness, we should examine it from three constituting positions: media user, media content, and media technology.
By taking the ‘stemfie’ (selfie when voting) as an example of a contemporary media text in which liveness is enacted the position of user, content and technology are explored to discover changes in the construction of liveness within the current media-ecology.
Period20 Jun 2014
Event titleInternational Conference on Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space
Event typeConference
LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational