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World Wide Web A Sort of Simulacrum of the Virtual

DOI: 10.15340/978-625-00-9894-3_5

Published: 2021 | Pages: 83 - 93

Sandra Lemeilleur
Bordeaux Montaigne University, MICA EA 4426, France

sandra.lemeilleur@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr

As an interstitial territory, the web has substantial proximity to the production of subjectivity (Deleuze‘s Concept) because both are always in progress. The Internet continually weaves its network connection, so it is never finished and subjectivity is but an infinite production. However, this area is an imperfect replica of current existential territories creating feelings of inconsistency and confusion. Because what is “written” on Facebook or a dating site functions as the referent. I had to be the person that I describe on the website. But when the time comes to meet each other in the real world, people see the differences: for example, pics on the web show me when I was young. This mismatch causes tensions in the field of exchanges because subjectivity operates entries to and exits from territories faster than the projection of the publication of assemblages of desires on the web. And its old assemblages of desires have changed during this interval of time. I was this young person but now I am different but I have changed. However, this other who likes me with my young face has made an assemblage of desires with this image. The Web gives an inconsistent representation of subjectivity concerning its production. This trouble transforms this production and the conceptualization of the Virtual. The Virtual is not a copy of real-life or the Actual, it is a product to serve subjectivity. This chapter can be a way to link a Deleuzian vision of the uses of subjectivity, its production, assemblages of desires, and conception of the Virtual, the Actual, and the online social networks.

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Sandra Lemeilleur is an Associate Researcher with Le MICA (Médiations, Informations, Communication, Arts) Research Group at l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne. She is interested in evolutions and mutations of uses of subjectivity about the treatments of news, politics, and the intimate with the emergence of the web. Her disciplinary approach is a form of anthropology of the web. Lemeilleur is a member of the Sophia, le Réseau Belge des Études de Genre [The Belgian Gender Studies Network]. Her work is published in Analele Universităţii Creştine Dimitrie Cantemir, Seria Stiintele Limbii, Literaturii si Didactica Predarii [Annals of Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University­ Linguistics, Literature and Methodology of Teaching], Genre: L'Essentiel pour Comprendre [Gender: The Essentials to Understand], and Revue Médiation et Information.

 

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Lemeilleur, S. (2021). World Wide Web A Sort of Simulacrum of the Virtual. In: Bakan U. & Lengel M. L. (eds) Social Media Archaeology from Theory to Practice (pp. 83-93). MacroWorld Pub. https://doi.org/10.15340/978-625-00-9894-3_5


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