Hope you’ve been having a good weekend so far – here’s a thread for posting about our reading for Monday, Emily Witt’s chapters on “Internet Dating” and “Live Webcams” from her book Future Sex. As with many of our texts in this section of the course, Witt’s writing asks us to think about how bodily and sexual behaviors might change as a result of digital technology, and thus about what issues and questions those changes might raise.
But Witt’s writing is different in form from most of what we’ve studied so far. Rather than a strictly scholarly text, hers combines personal narrative, social history, and other modes in order to engage the issues she’s engaging—this means we have to read and engage her work with a different eye.
So for this blog post, you should work on getting a handle on what Witt is actually saying through this mix of approaches: what is her argument, and what specific issues around the question of digital bodies and sexuality is she addressing in that argument? What seems important about that? As in our previous posts, you should try to address these questions through quotation and close analysis of a specific passage in her writing: introduce that passage, quote and analyze it, and do some writing to explain how you see it fitting into the larger thinking she’s doing—what makes your chosen passage not just interesting to you, but a key part of her larger argument?
Reminder: your response should go in the comments section for this post — click the “Leave a Comment” link at the top of the post. It should be at least 250 words, and is due by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 21st. If you have any questions, let me know via email.