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Scopophilic Dimension of Instagram – Spectatorship Through Social Media

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In modern life images and videos are presented ubiquitous, and our affinity to them changes. Mundane life of modern people is constructed through images; individuals express themselves and their lives through photos. As modern technology offer an easiest way to have an instant photos, people become more focused on these type of activity, as making photos. The main space to share the mundane images instantly is social media. Social media becomes an important part of individuals’ life. In last decade different social media platforms derive. Instagram is the one that becomes most popular in last few years among new generation. Young people maintain to spend their lives by looking the lives of others through Instagram. Curiosity to see certain content, the content that could be chosen personally according to the desire that individual have. The desire to look. Photos on Instagram satisfies a primordial wish for pleasurable looking, but it also goes further, developing scopophilia in its narcissistic aspect. Freud, in his Three Essay on the Theory of Sexuality, named the desire to watch others life as scopophilia. On the one hand, our identifications, on other hand the objects of our visual excitement is not only the images themselves, but also the subjects and objects of the surveillance action, reflected on the screen – and therefore the screen – transformed into disturbing mirror of our own repressed disturbing desires. The endeavor of that paper is to explain the tendency and intention of Instagram usage in the scope of scopophilia term, in the frame of psychoanalysis.
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ICLEL 2018 ABSTRACT BOOK
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Prof.!Dr.!Osman!TİTREK,!Sakarya!University,!TURKEY!
Asst.!Prof.!Dr.!Agniezska!ZEMBRZUSKA!University!of!Lower!Silesia,!POLAND!
Res.!Assist.!Gozde!SEZEN-GULTEKIN,!Sakarya!University,!TURKEY!
4 th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LIFELONG EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP FOR ALL
ICLEL 2018 / July 3-5, 2018 / Lower Silesia University, Wroclaw- POLAND
Scopophilic Dimension of Instagram Spectatorship through Social Media
Anjelika Şimşek
ÇAĞ Üniversity Yaşar Bayboğan Campus Adana-Mersin Highway 33800 Yenice/MERSİN,
anjelikasimsek@cag.edu.tr
Abstract
In modern life images and videos are presented ubiquitous, and our affinity to them changes. Mundane life of modern people
is constructed through images; individuals express themselves and their lives through photos. The main space to share the
mundane images instantly is social media. Instagram is the one that becomes most popular in last few years among new
generation. Young people maintain to spend their lives by looking the lives of others through Instagram. Photos on Instagram
satisfies a primordial wish for pleasurable looking, but it also goes further, developing scopophilia in its narcissistic aspect.
On the one hand, our identifications and on other hand the objects of our visual excitement is not only the images themselves,
but also the subjects and objects of the surveillance action, reflected on the screen and therefore the screen transformed
into disturbing mirror of our own repressed disturbing desires. The endeavor of that paper is to explain the tendency and
intention of Instagram usage in the scope of scopophilia term, in the frame of psychoanalysis.
Keywords: Scopophilia, Instagram, Surveillance, Psychoanalysis, Social Media
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