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Kekki, Minna-Kerttu Maarja. "Affectivity in Media-Based Public Discussions: A Critical Phenomenological Analysis" SATS, vol. 23, no. 2, 2022, pp. 153-173.

Affectivity in media-based public discussions : a critical phenomenological analysis

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Author: Kekki, Minna-Kerttu
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-08-24


Affectivity has become an operative concept for a variety of analyses of our everyday media-based public communications. However, it often remains unclear what affectivity is and how it can be used for analysing media-based public discussions. To clarify the role of affectivity in such analyses, I take a look back to the classical phenomenological analyses of affectivity provided by Edmund Husserl. I argue that based on Husserl’s analyses, affectivity is essentially a relation between the object and the affected subject evoking (sometimes emotional) responses in the subject. Accordingly, the role of affectivity in the opinion formation and other similar processes in media-based public discussions can be analysed as contingent sedimentations of the object’s such relations to the subject. As my analysis demonstrates, analyses of affectivity in the context of media-based communications do not capture their research object—affectivity—if affectivity is conceived as a feature of the media contents and not as a modality of experience.

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Series: SATS
ISSN: 1600-1974
ISSN-E: 1869-7577
ISSN-L: 1600-1974
Volume: 23
Issue: 2
Pages: 153 - 173
DOI: 10.1515/sats-2022-0002
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 611 Philosophy
Copyright information: © 2022 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.