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Carnal ResonanceAffect and Online Pornography$
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Susanna Paasonen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016315

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016315.001.0001

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Visual Pleasures: From Gaze to Grab and Resonance

Visual Pleasures: From Gaze to Grab and Resonance

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(p.165) 5 Visual Pleasures: From Gaze to Grab and Resonance
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Carnal Resonance
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Susanna Paasonen

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016315.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the methods and reasons by which online pornography manages to attract viewers. The use of spam mail to advertise devices and medicines for male genitalia and invitations to visit pornography websites are discussed. The chapter explores the role of technology in facilitating pornography with different categories and subgenres through banner ad invitations, as well as the use of webcams in online pornography to offer visual control instances and a sense of voyeurism. The narrative elements of online pornography attract viewers and keep them involved, compared with pornography without a narrative and with only sexual acts. The chapter discusses the mixed feelings of creepy arousal that online pornography manages to extract from the viewers and presents examples of how particular resonances are facilitated by somatic archives with pornographic imagery.

Keywords:   online pornography, spam mail, technology, webcams, somatic archives, narrative elements, resonances

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