Graeme Kirkpatrick, Manchester University Department of Sociology
Where: Casterbridge Room, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University
When: 1-2:30pm, Thursday September 23rd, 2010
Graeme is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester and is best known for his work on technology in critical social theory. His first sole-authored book, Critical Technology: A social theory of personal computing, was a critical interrogation of the principles of human-computer interface design and it won the 2005 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize from the British Sociological Association. He is also well known for his most recent book, Technology and Social Power. Graeme’s presentation will be based on his forthcoming book Aesthetic Theory and the Video Game, with Manchester University Press. His work will be of particular interest to those working in the areas of digital culture, aesthetic and cultural theory as well as the practices of digital consumption.
Digital media such as online worlds and videogames present opportunities for new types of consumption and consumer practices such as buying, collecting, making and even selling digital virtual goods. To these activities we can add those taking place in virtual communities of consumption, online shops, brand Audemars Piguet Replica Watches websites, and online auction houses that together amount to a vast digital virtual landscape of consumption. In this edited collection, we want to gather conceptual and empirical work that helps us to understand these contexts.
Whilst reflecting on the Margins of Consumption seminar day, in a IWC Replica Watches supervisory meeting, Sue, Mike and I came to discuss aspects of Sue’s research on Love (and its effects on consumption habits). Mike and I identified parts of our own research that related to this, particularly in relation to the aspect of compromising our habits and preferences when we are ‘in love’ for the sake of our partner (or vice versa).
This got us thinking. We all have a sense of understanding about the romantic notion of love; love as an expression of something and of course the media view of falling in love, but what about (an understanding of) the practices of love – on a daily basis? The real reality of practices that we don’t necessarily reflect on and how different are these practices to the romanticised, idealised view of love and relationships?