By Esther Milne
In this unique research, Milne strikes among shut readings of letters, postcards and emails, and investigations of the cloth, technological infrastructures of those types, to reply to the query: How does presence functionality as a classy and rhetorical process inside networked communique practices? As her paintings unearths, the relation among previous and new verbal exchange platforms is extra advanced than allowed in a lot modern media idea.
Although the correspondents of letters, postcards and emails aren't, often, current to each other as they write and browse their exchanges, this doesn't inevitably inhibit affective conversation. certainly, this learn demonstrates how actual absence could, in a few cases, supply correspondents with excessive intimacy and a religious, virtually telepathic, experience of the other’s presence. whereas corresponding by way of letter, postcard or e-mail, readers construe an imaginary, incorporeal physique for his or her correspondents that, in flip, reworks their interlocutor’s self-presentation. during this regard the delusion of presence finds a key paradox of cultural verbal exchange, particularly that fabric signifiers can be utilized to supply the event of incorporeal presence.
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Letters, Postcards, Email: Technologies of Presence (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies) by Esther Milne