“I Am Crying… This Really Touched My Heart”: Disabled Intimacy and the Thick Materiality of the Virtual

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

Abstract

The book starts with Anastasia Todd’s piece on disabled vloggers Charisse and Rikki Poynter. Their vlogs, Todd argues, offer spaces of mediated intimacies that affectively reorient able-bodied publics into tolerant, neoliberal citizens. By using the comments sections of the vlogs as a means to unearth the affective readings of the vlogs, Todd extrapolates that the vlogs reorient the able-bodied viewer into being accepting of the diversity of the disabled body. As intimate publics, they are co-opted as signs of neoliberal inclusionism. Building on the work of Sara Ahmed, Todd states that the promise of diversity is future oriented and, in being included, erases the signs of exclusion. The affective reorientations that image futures of tolerance thus function to depoliticize disability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYouth Mediations and Affective Relations
Pages15-31
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319989716
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018.

Keywords

  • Deadeye
  • Deaf awareness
  • Inclusive neoliberalism
  • Poynting
  • Public intimacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of '“I Am Crying… This Really Touched My Heart”: Disabled Intimacy and the Thick Materiality of the Virtual'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this