Success and Failure in the Representation of the Self in the Age of Social Media

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Since the advent of social media like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok – which are mainly based on worldwide image sharing – we have witnessed the radicalisation of a phenomenon that was already established: ‘iconomania’. Iconomania is the tendency to place images everywhere and to document in pictures everything we do in daily life, from looking in the mirror to dressing, from eating to travelling, from having a shower to crying. People feel the urge to share on social media the happiest moments and the saddest circumstances of their lives, their successes and their failures, and they do so constantly. The result is an entire life spent on devices such as computers and smartphones. Often, this has dramatic social and psychological repercussions such as increased anxiety, depression, and solitude. The consequences of this phenomenon may also be historical and political, with direct implications for political elections, the notion of democracy, and the role of truth(s) in society. During this event, Fabio Tononi will assess the effects of the production, circulation, and consumption of images in social networks on human existence. He will also assess the roles of capitalism, consumerism, and liberalism in social media.


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Fabio Tononi

Speaker: Fabio Tononi

Fabio Tononi is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the Humanities (CHAM) in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (FCHS), NOVA University of Lisbon. He is the editor-in chief of The Edgar Wind Journal and a steering committee member of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, which is part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. His research interests include the essence and tasks of philosophy and science, the writings of Aby Warburg and Edgar Wind, the aesthetics of Sigmund Freud, the relationship between art and cognitive neuroscience (specifically as they relate to memory, imagination, empathy, the unfinished, motion, and emotion), the interconnection between art and ideology, and postmodernism. For more information about Fabio Tononi’s work – please, click here.

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