Sensorial Organization as an Ethics of Space: Digital Media in Everyday Life

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Sensorial Organization as an Ethics of Space: Digital Media in Everyday Life


  • Stina Bengtsson Media and Communication Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden


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Abstract:  This article outlines an analysis of the ethical organization of digital media and social and individual space in everyday life. This is made from a perspective of an ‘ethics of the ordinary’, highlighting the mundane negotiations and practices conducted to maintain a ‘good life’ with the media. The analysis shows a sensorial organization of space is conducted in relation to social space, as well as individually. The interviewees use facilities provided by media technologies in order to organize space, as well as organize their media devices spatially in order to construct space for specific purposes, and maintain a good life. These results call for a deepened analysis of the sensorial dimensions of everyday space, in order to understand the ethical struggles of a life with digital media. It is important to include the full spectrum of sensorial experiences in our approach to everyday life and to take the sensorial experiences of ordinary media users into account in our analysis of space as part of an everyday ethics.

Keywords:  digital media; ethics; everyday life; phenomenology; sensorial; space

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v6i2.1337


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