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Lindemann, G., & Schünemann, D. (2020). Presence in digital spaces: A phenomenological concept of presence in mediatized communication. Human Studies, 43, 627–651. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1007/s10746-020-09567-y
BibTeX citation key: Lindemann2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: Phenomenology, Presence, Telepresence
Creators: Lindemann, Schünemann
Publisher: Springer (Berlin)
Collection: Human Studies
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Abstract
"Theories of face-to-face interaction employ a concept of spatial presence and view communication via digital technologies as an inferior version of interaction, often with pathological implications. Current studies of mediatized communication challenge this notion with empirical evidence of “telepresence”, suggesting that users of such technologies experience their interactions as immediate. We argue that the phenomenological concepts of the lived body and mediated immediacy (Helmuth Plessner) combined with the concept of embodied space (Hermann Schmitz) can help overcome the pathologizing of digital communication in social theory and enable descriptions which are truer to the experience of using said technology. From this perspective it appears as an ethnocentric premise to restrict interaction to human actors being present in local space. This restricted understanding of interaction does not allow for an appropriate empirical analysis of the emerging structures of digital communication."
  
Notes
A number of critiques of classical interaction theory (e.g., Goffman, Luhmann, etc.) including lack of empirical support for concepts, physical (i.e., real) space or constructed space, and, especially, the lack of the conceptualisation of presence in mediatized spaces (e.g., VR and telecommunications). Particularly this last, in the concepts of being present in real space (e.g., Goffmann) or being treated as present (e.g., Luhmann in constructed space), is problematic as both conceptions conceive of a local space where presence relies on visibility and being within earshot (sensory immediacy).
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p.639   Some mention of sound in relation to presence (other-presence): "sounds can also be experienced as an indication of the immediate presence of another even if it is not possible to determine where that other is. Every rustling or scuffling noise can indicate the immediately experienced presence of another."   Added by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard
Keywords:   Phenomenology Presence Telepresence Other-presence
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