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Digital touch for remote personal communication: An emergent sociotechnical imaginary

Jewitt, C; Mackley, KL; Price, S; (2019) Digital touch for remote personal communication: An emergent sociotechnical imaginary. New Media & Society 10.1177/1461444819894304. Green open access

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Abstract

This article makes legible emergent social imaginaries of digital touch for remote communication in personal relationships, with attention to digital touch interfaces. It draws on data from rapid prototyping research workshops with apprentice professionals embedded within digital communication. Touch is discussed with respect to four analytical themes: materiality, body, emplacement and temporality. We illustrate how participants’ past and present experiences and future visions of remote digital touch thread through these themes and weave together to form a hegemonic, emergent sociotechnical imaginary of digital touch. The article contributes to social debates within digital personal remote communication by foregrounding touch, the material and the sensorial. The article’s novel interdisciplinary framework (combining design-based rapid prototyping with a multimodal and multi-sensorial analysis within the frame of the sociotechnical imaginary) also contributes to methodology around future-facing phenomena, prior to the process of their solidification into material, political formations.

Type: Article
Title: Digital touch for remote personal communication: An emergent sociotechnical imaginary
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1461444819894304
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444819894304
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Communication, Digital touch, multimodal, multi-sensorial, personal communication, rapid prototyping, remote communication media, sociotechnical imaginary, speculative research, touch, CONNECTED PRESENCE, TECHNOLOGY, FACEBOOK
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090697
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