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A Networked Self and Love

Edited by Zizi Papacharissi

© 2018 – Routledge

272 pages

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We fall in love every day, with others, with ideas, with ourselves. Stories of love excite us and baffle us. This volume is about love and the networked self. It focuses on how love forms, grows, or dissolves. Chapters address how relationships of love develop, are sustained or broken up through technologies of expression and connection. Authors explore how technologies reproduce, reorganize, or reimagine our dominant rituals of love. Contributors also address what our experiences with love teach us about ourselves, others, and the art of living. Every love story has a beginning and an end. Technology does not give love the kiss of eternity; but it can afford love new meaning.


"Gathering a dozen different angles on how technology and relationships are interwoven, this delightful book reveals the inconsistent and complicated ways in which love manifests - or is crushed - in contemporary society and how technology introduces countless new twists and turns to an already curvy path. Filled with heartbreak and passionate joy, A Networked Self and Love is a refreshing take on technology’s role in the intimate parts of society."

— danah boyd, Microsoft Research + Data & Society

Table of Contents


Zizi Papacharissi

Calling the Irrational Unmanageable Neoliberal Self

Ilana Gershon

Channel navigation in interpersonal communication: Contemporary practices and proposed future research directions

Penny Trieu and Nicole Ellison

Interpersonal Dynamics in Online Dating: Profiles, Matching, and Discovery

David M. Markowitz, Jeffrey T. Hancock, and Stephanie Tong

Connection, Conflict, and Communication Technologies: How Romantic Couples use the Media for Relationship Management

Catalina L. Toma and Irene G. Sarmiento

Social Media and Subjective Well-Being: A Relational Perspective

Samuel Hardman Taylor and Natalya N. Bazarova

Break-ups and the limits of encoding love

Bernie Hogan

Technologically Enhanced Dating: Augmented Human Relationships, Robots and Fantasy

Brittany Davidson, Adam Joinson, and Simon Jones

Mobilizing the Biopolitical Category: Problems, devices and designs in the construction of the gay sexual marketplace

Kane Race

"How angels are made." Ashley Madison and the Social Bot Affair

Tero Karppi

Disruptive Joy: #BlackOutDay’s Affirmative Resonances

Alexander Cho

Am I Why I Can’t Have Nice Things? A Reflection on Personal Trauma, Networked Play, and Ethical Sight

Whitney Phillips

On Love and Touch: The Radical Haptics of Gestational Surrogacy

Margaret Schwartz

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Shaka McGlotten

About the Editor

Zizi Papacharissi is professor and head of the Communication Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has collaborated with Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and has participated in closed consultations with the Obama 2012 election campaign. She sits on the Committee on the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, funded by the National Academies of Science, the National Research Council, and the Institute of Medicine, and has been invited to lecture about her work on social media in several Universities and Research Institutes in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the US.

About the Series

A Networked Self

Each volume in this series develops and pursues a distinct theme focused on the concept of the Networked Self. The five volumes cover the broad range of socio-cultural, political, economic, and sociotechnical issues that shape and are shaped by the (networked) self in late modernity - what we have come to describe as the anthropocene.

Growing upon the initial volume, A Networked Self: Identity, Community and Culture on Social Network Sites, published in 2010, the five volumes will form a picture of the way digital media shapes contemporary notions of identity.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies