#booklove: how reading culture is adapted on the internet

  • On the one side there is book culture, centered on the printed book as a material object; on the other digital culture, centered on what is displayed on a screen, by now more often than not that of a mobile phone. In the cultural imaginary, the two practices are separated by far more than just media technology. The girl in Delevingne's picture, in choosing to read a book rather than participate in the social media arena, opts (as the black-and-white blocking of the caption neatly reflects) for a commendable type of media use: She sharpens her intellect and exercises her imagination, she digs deep rather than staying on the surface, and she engages – in a seemingly disinterested manner – with valuable content rather than obsessing over how to present herself in the best light. Her absorption is a badge of honor, much different from the 'bad' absorption of digital media users, a recurring trope that is artistically represented, for example, in the much-acclaimed surrealist photo series "SURFAKE" by the French photographer Antoine Geiger, which represents mobile phone users whose faces are sucked into their devices.

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Author:Dorothee Birke, Johannes Fehrle
Parent Title (English):Komparatistik online : komparatistische Internet-Zeitschrift / Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Place of publication:Gießen
Editor:Johannes Fehrle, Mark Schmitt
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2019/02/14
Date of first Publication:2019/01/10
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/02/15
GND Keyword:Adaption <Literatur>; Lesen; Internet; Neue Medien; Sozialer Wandel; Lesekultur
Issue:[Heft 1 =] Adaptation as cultural translation
Page Number:27
First Page:60
Last Page:86
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Komparatistik online : komparatistische Internet-Zeitschrift / Komparatistik online 2018 : Transpositionen Adaptation as cultural translation
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht