Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting

Trine Syvertsen
University of Oslo, Norway

Product Details
30 Mar 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
195 pages - 129 x 198mm
In a climate in which social media and smartphones are criticised for being addictive and invading privacy, Trine Syvertsen discusses how media industries intensify the quest for attention, how companies and governments team up to get everybody online, and how the main responsibility for managing online risks and problems are placed on the users' shoulders. What does the trend of disconnection say about the state of media industries? Is going 'offline' becoming a form a political resistance? 

Against a backdrop of these increasingly intrusive technologies, this book explores the digital detox phenomenon and the politics of disconnection from invasive media. With a wealth of examples, the book demonstrates how self-regulation online is practiced and delves into how it has also become an expression of resistance in the 21st century. 

Providing a rich account of how users reduce their online engagement through time-limitations, restrictions on smartphone use, productivity apps, and use of analogue media, the author demonstrates how the practice of digital detoxing goes beyond a growing culture of self-help.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Do we have a problem? 
Chapter 2. What is the problem? Intensifying the quest for attention 
Chapter 3. You are the problem! Everybody online and self-regulation  
Chapter 4. Managing the problem. Disconnection and detox 
Chapter 5. The problem is personal - and social: Making sense of digital detox
Trine Syvertsen is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Oslo. She has published extensively on topics of online media, television, media policy and media history, and is an expert on media resistance.

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