Mediating the Presence of Others: Reconceptualising Co-Presence as Mediated Intimacy

Cefai, Sarah and Couldry, Nick. 2019. Mediating the Presence of Others: Reconceptualising Co-Presence as Mediated Intimacy. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 22(3), pp. 291-308. ISSN 1367-5494 [Article]

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Drawing insight from queer and media studies, this article analyses data from the UK study Adults’ Media Lives. The authors claim that this study reveals the significance of people’s intimate relationships to their media practices, highlighting in particular how people’s media practices mediate the ‘presence’ of others. The authors put forward the concept of mediated intimacy to capture both the cultural intimacy people have with media and the mediation of intimacy by media practices. Mediating intimacy has implications for normative conceptions of intimate life, including the significance of ‘time’ to the values of ‘home’ and ‘work’.

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Audiences, intimacy, media practice, mediation, social norms, time

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


19 December 2017Published Online
1 June 2019Published

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25 Jan 2019 09:36

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10 Jun 2021 13:02

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