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Mediating Emotions via Visual Communications. An Exploration of the Visual Presentation of Self via Mobile Phones: Jane Vincent
84 Petra Aczél orical literacies. Illuminating media through rhetorical agency and with rhet- orical fluency can lead to the recognition of the complex visual literacy neither media scholars nor media users could do without. There is no question that much remains to consider in terms of media analy- sis and production. However, elaborating on the rhetorical nature of media, cast- ing light upon the rhetoric of images, spaces, procedures and sounds shall deep- en our general and specific understanding of media phenomena. Mediating Emotions via Visual Communications An Exploration of the Visual Presentation of Self via Mobile Phones Jane Vincent Introduction The storing, sharing and showing of digital images via mobile phones and the internet is enabling people to interpret events, express feelings, share experi- ences and explore their emotions more richly than in words alone. In this paper I examine how for some people in the UK these digital images are used to char- acterize their self and their feelings. I also investigate how this increasing use of images in communications elicits electronic emotions through the visual recall of special moments or events that have been recorded on the mobile phone, ena- bling them to be lived and re-lived via the device. The paper draws on a multi- disciplinary examination of the topic using my previous research as well as new material obtained during recent studies1 exploring the theme of digital self- portrait photos and the mediated image. This latter research material was ob- tained from multiple disciplines...
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