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The limits and boundaries of digital disconnection

Trere, Emiliano ORCID:, Natale, Simone, Keightley, Emily and Punathambekar, Aswin 2020. The limits and boundaries of digital disconnection. Media, Culture and Society 42 (4) , pp. 605-609. 10.1177/0163443720922054

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This editorial introduces a themed section aimed to spark further reflections on the limits and boundaries of disconnection as a form of critique, activism and response to the pervasiveness of digital devices, platforms, and infrastructures. We outline two key limits in current thinking about disconnection: first, the universalist discourse of disconnection, which contrasts with the reality of a profound inequality of access to both connection and disconnection across the globe, and second, the fact that connectivity not only involves digital media users but also those who are materially not connected to the network. This introduction also reflects on the changing meanings of being connected and disconnected to digital networks and platforms at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic forces many people around the world to remain physically separated from others due to lockdown and quarantine measures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0163-4437
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 May 2020
Date of Acceptance: 7 April 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 16:47

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