Dean’s chapter does not truly capture the simultanaeity and complexity of feeling both good and bad about technology’s potential within our own lives and how that is reflected outwards in the political sphere. The argument about its downfalls comes across clearly, and definitely confronts the issue of an increasingly divided nation. It is a shame that not everyone understands the toxicity of talking about an increase in news stories as a positive medium of communicating. Applying theory to the way we feel is no easy undertaking. There exists no one formula or perspective, which leads to an incredibly diverse set of observations and conclusions. Unfortunately, the way each text relates to the three units of feeling different, feeling connected, and feeling good and bad can either be glaringly obvious or quite nuanced. Certain aspects of each text fit together well with the others, but some did not completely help me develop an understanding of how to examine feelings. I do not think there were any articles so unhelpful that they should be thrown out entirely, especially because responses to texts can be so varied. While I wish there was one certain feature that makes a text easier to comprehend or less so, a combination of the vocabulary used, the context of the argument, and the references an author makes all can contribute to a clear or blurred theorization of feelings.
Misner 8Works CitedBlue Valentine.Dir. Derek Cianfrance. Perf. Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams. Silverwood Films, 2010.Dean, Jodi. Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies. “Technology: The Promises of Communicative Capitalism.” Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. Online.Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. “Buying into American Idol.” New York: New York University Press, 2006. Online.Shapiro, Joseph. No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement.“Tiny Tims, Supercrips, and the End of Pity.” New York: Three River Press, 1994. Online.
Misner 9Sturken, Marita. Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. Online.Williams, Linda. “Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess.” Film Quarterly, 44.4 (1991): 2-13. JSTOR.
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