Flashing Your Phone: Sexting and the Remediation of Teen Sexuality

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Abstract

This essay offers an account of "sexting's" cultural value and social uses by examining celebrities' production and distribution of sexual imagery on Twitter. It argues that as a result of technological convergence and the prevalence of social media, teens and celebrities are using "candid" images of their sexuality to remediate themselves in a fashion that generates a specific form of user-generated capital. Ultimately, this perspective is used to argue that the anxiety surrounding high school-age sexters has less to do with teens documenting their sexuality than it does with the ways that new forms of text-based media articulate the libidinal status of teenage sexuality in contemporary culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-369
Number of pages17
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Celebrity
  • Convergence
  • Remediation
  • Sexting
  • Social Media
  • Texting
  • Twitter
  • User-Generated Content

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