Digital sentiment: Persona and the personal curation and industrial correlation of affect and emotion in our transformed digital human culture

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For millennia, philosophers, social scientists and scientists have tried to work through the meaning of sentiment in our human cultures. This presentation investigates the transformation of human expression and emotion through its digital reformation. The presentation of the self – best identified as persona – represents a fictive gesture of what each of us attempts to convey to others (Marshall et al. 2020). Particularly over the last 20 years, billions of individuals now construct their public self through social media platforms as well as forms of engagement and connection to others every day in this digitally reconstructed environment. Digital sentiment pulls together how we as individuals and collectives curate our presentation of selves, but also how the digital industries and platforms correlate our digital persona in algorithmic reconstructions (Marshall 2021, Marshall 2022). Both the industries and their relation to what is best described as “programmatic advertising” and all of us as friends, followers, influencers and even lurkers engage in an active form of expression of our affective connection.
This presentation focuses on what linguistic analyses (McCulloch 2019; Zappavigna 2018 & others) have identified as “emotional emblems” and “metadata”, to map these dimensions of our own collectivized and individualized personal curation and industrial correlation of sentiment and affect. It will look at the way emoji, hashtags, memes and facial expression in the online environment construct a complex cultural, economic and political reconfiguration of sentiment in contemporary digital communication and our global cultures.
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McCulloch, Gretchen (2019) Because Internet: Understanding How Language is Changing. Vintage Press

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2022
EventWorld Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education 2022: WCAHSSE – Eurasia Conferences - Olympia Hotel and Conference Centre, Valencia, Spain
Duration: 24 Oct 202225 Oct 2022


ConferenceWorld Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education 2022
OtherWorld Conference on Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Education (WCAHSSE-2022) is an International Conference organized by Eurasia Conferences on October 24-25, 2022, at Valencia, Spain. WCAHSSE-2022 invites and unites researchers, scholar’s, students, academicians, research organizations, and making the congress a perfect platform to share most happening advancements, progressive research in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education over the globe.
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