Our lives are saturated by media that we use in conscious as well as unconscious ways. Spanning a wide range of examples, from film and TV to social media, from gaming to robots, this critical introduction guides readers through the growing field of psychoanalytic media studies in a clear and accessible manner. It is indispensable read for anyone who wants to understand the complex relationship between humans and technology today.
Jacob Johanssen and Steffen Kruger show how media function beyond the rational. What does it mean to speak of narcissism in relation to social media? How have the internet and online platforms shaped work? How do apps like Tinder and online pornography shape our experience of love and sexuality? What are the potentials and pitfalls in our relationships with AI and robots? These questions, and many others, are discussed and answered in this book.
Aimed at students, academics and clinicians, this book introduces readers to key media and the ways they have been approached psychoanalytically, and presents major concepts and debates led by scholars since the 1970s.
About the Authors:
Jacob Johanssen is an Associate Professor in Communications at St. Mary’s University and co-editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. His previous books include Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data.
Steffen Krüger is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Media and Communication, and Head of the Screen Cultures MA programme and research initiative, both at theUniversity of Oslo. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the interdisciplinary field of psychoanalysis and psychosocial studies, media and cultural studies as well as critical theory. He is contributing editor at Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society and The Journal of Psychosocial Studies.