New Media, Networking and Phatic Culture

Miller, Vincent (2008) New Media, Networking and Phatic Culture. Convergence: The International Journal of Research Into New Media Technologies, 14 (4). pp. 387-400. ISSN 1354-8565. (doi: (Full text available)

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This article will demonstrate how the notion of ‘phatic communion’ has become an increasingly significant part of digital media culture alongside the rise of online networking practices. Through a consideration of the new media objects of blogs, social networking profiles and microblogs, along with their associated practices, I will argue, that the social contexts of ‘individualization’ and ‘network sociality’, alongside the technological developments associated with pervasive communication and ‘connected presence’ has led to an online media culture increasingly dominated by phatic communications. That is, communications which have purely social (networking) and not informational or dialogic intents. I conclude with a discussion of the potential nihilistic consequences of such a culture.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: blogging / database culture / microblogging / network sociality / phatic / post-social / social networking
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Vince Miller
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 09:11 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2015 12:27 UTC
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