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What was Love?: On the Dialectic of Mediation
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
2017 (English)In: SIC, ISSN 1847-7755, Vol. 7, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Love has traditionally been understood either as an objective, transcendentforce, or a subjective ability. Through a number of steps,the article argues that both these options have lost their credibility due to changes in the media through which love is performed. First, the article demonstrates how the attempts,in the life sciences, to explain love biologically or physically reproduce a traditional romantic ideology. Then, the implications of the inflation of explicit love declarations, and the consequences of internet dating, are discussed. What these examples amount to is the fact that the medium is brought to the fore. A consequence of this is that the romantic ideology is strengthened, while the premises of romantic love – the autonomous subject and the transcendent objectivity – are weakened or even dissolved.

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2017. Vol. 7, no 2
Keyword [en]
idealism, materialism, narcissism, subjectivity, reification, internet dating, control
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Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30881DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.7.LC.1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-30881DiVA: diva2:1110468
Available from: 2017-06-15 Created: 2017-06-15 Last updated: 2017-06-21Bibliographically approved

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