The limits and boundaries of digital disconnection [Editorial]
journal contributionposted on 2020-04-20, 10:24 authored by Emiliano Treré, Simone Natale, Emily KeightleyEmily Keightley, Aswin PunathambekarAswin Punathambekar
This editorial introduces a themed section aimed to spark further reflections on the limits and boundaries of disconnection as a form of critique, activism and response to the pervasiveness of digital devices, platforms, and infrastructures. We outline two key limits in current thinking about disconnection: first, the universalist discourse of disconnection, which contrasts with the reality of a profound inequality of access to both connection and disconnection across the globe; and second, the fact that connectivity not only involves digital media users but also those who are materially not connected to the network. This introduction also reflects on the changing meanings of being connected and disconnected to digital networks and platforms at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic forces many people around the world to remain physically separated from others due to lockdown and quarantine measures.
- Social Sciences
- Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies
Published inMedia, Culture and Society
Pages605 - 609
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