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In the wake of the Navire Night In the wake of the Navire Night: The obscure object of the online passions


KeywordsTriple Keywords
Mass communication
Communication, Primitive
Person (Philosophy)
Agent (Philosophy)
Agency (Philosophy)
Identity (Philosophical concept)
Pictorial representations
Human emotions
Political power
Empowerment (Social sciences)
Power (Social sciences)


L is approaching, so the computers go. Thousands of solitary internet users collect their messages, go to the chatches, ‘chatches’ and other ‘cats’ of meeting sites, in search of the soul of an evening who will agree to take a glass further at night, and more so affinity... or another time. Where do you live, what do you do this evening, do you want to make an appointment somewhere? Not right away, first of all, who do you, what do you do in life, what are the music you like, which books do you read? Sou-vent, the exchange stops there: the interviewee is urged to take action. This is one of the key freedoms of the networks: to be able to zapple the other. In some cases, however, the dialogue continues and is even protracted. The meeting is not made from the outset, we can be found tomorrow or after tomorrow at the same fair, and the following nights continue to discover this other thing than the thickness of the media. And it is here, in the intersecting of the messages exchanged, in this space of words, and in the hyper-modern epistolary space, that there are shared tastes and inclinations. Most of the time, the Internet operates as a means of communication as neutral as a meeting agency or telephone: an appointment is made, and the meeting is then played. The communication tool has been able to facilitate the opportunity, but it does not determine whether it is successful or not. In order to know, you should have first seen yourself, have spoken in a one-to-one way. Sometimes, however, love points their nose in one of its most unexpected forms: women and men fall in love on the internet with partners that they never met physically, on the identity of whom they have no certainty, whose visual image they have at best thanks to a photo received on the mail, sometimes long after they have declared each other. These passions online are intriguing us. They are clearly an effect of the communication tool, a sort of cyber dependence of two. However, because they commit the relationship to the other, they are also a borderline form of the relationship itself: how are the desire, passion in love, possible in this situation of body absence? Online passions penetrate the conventional figures of love and desire that have escaped us since romantism: the kick-off in the exchange of eyes even before words were pronounced, the desire which places in its nucleus the initial meeting between two bodies inexorably attracted by each other.

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