Brisbane Seminar: Visceral Literacy
Visceral Literacy: The Turn to Body Language in a Reflexively Savvy Era, Dr Mark Andrejevic
Tuesday 7th April 2009
Social Sciences and Humanities Library Conference Room
Level 1 Duhig Building (Bldg 2)
Abstract: This presentation explores the role played by body language in recent popular culture and news analysis as a means of highlighting the potentially deceptive character of speech and promising to bypass it altogether. It situates the promise of visceral literacy—the alleged ability to read inner emotions and dispositions—within emerging surveillance regimes and the landscapes of risk they chart. At the same time, it describes portrayals of body language analysis as characteristic of an emerging genre of “securitainment” that instructs viewers in monitoring techniques as it entertains and informs them.
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