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Haptic media : sexuality, gender, and affect in technology culture, 1959-2015

Author:
Pozo, Diana M.
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Film and Media Studies
Degree Supervisor:
Anna Everett
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2016
Issued Date:
2016
Topics:
Communication, Gender studies, and Film studies
Keywords:
Queer Theory
Virtual Reality
Adult Industry
Sexuality
Feminist Film Theory
Videogames
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
Description:

The rise of haptic technologies in the media industries---from touchscreens that touch back, to vibrating videogame controllers and moving and vibrating cinema seat technologies---is just one indication of how contemporary social, news, and entertainment media increasingly engage their audiences through touch, embodiment, and affect. Media scholars have theorized film spectatorship as haptic, or have studied haptic technologies and human computer interaction at the site of the interface. This project proposes a theory of haptic media that combines multiple definitions of the sense of touch into a framework for understanding fantasies of immersive media, based on studies of sexuality, embodiment, and affect in North American technology culture, beginning in the mid-20th century. Using examples from queer videogame culture, cinema seating technologies from The Tingler (dir. William Castle, 1959) to D-BOX, and the relationship of virtual reality systems to fantasies of "teledildonic" virtual sexuality, Haptic Media argues that the field of fantasy-laden media technology development long associated with the "new" could productively be re-framed in terms of the "haptic." This shift from new media to haptic media centers marginalized bodies in media politics, an approach with broad relevance across the fields of film theory, feminist media studies, videogame studies, queer theory, media history/historiography, fan studies, and the history and philosophy of science.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (322 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f30z73f5
ISBN:
9781369576450
Catalog System Number:
990047512200203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Diana Pozo
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