Socioanalysis Special Issue: Social Media and Society

Edited Book

Title: Socioanalysis Special Issue: Social Media and Society
Year: 2013
Authors Zachary Gabriel Green, David Patman, Philip Boxer, Nuala Dent
Abstract:

This Special Issue contains papers looking at the phenomena of social media from several angles. It includes both peer-reviewed papers and the transcripts of an open seminar on ‘Facebook and Unconscious Perception of Leadership’ held by Group Relations Australia on 19 August 2013. The lecture and discussant’s response presented at that seminar by Triest and Todar-Goldin were so very relevant to this Special Issue that it was agreed to publish them as Discussion Papers. I am delighted too that in this issue we are able to publish a book review by Susan Long of Aaron Balick’s book The Psychodynamics of Social Networking, published by Karnac only a few weeks ago.
The issue begins with a paper by Green and Biernbaum who reflect on the dynamics in groups using social media and how we can understand the emergence of authority and leadership in virtual space. Their analysis links with the discussion by Triest on the disruption to the relations between leader and led generated by social media technologies and a new emerging representation of leadership experienced in the crowd. Patman and Boxer respectively take a closer look at the meaning of these social networking technologies and communicative media. Drawing on Marshall McLuhan’s theories, Patman suggests an approach for how socioanalytic practice can begin to engage with new technologies. Boxer observes that the large scale social disruption associated with social networking technologies also offers new possibilities for creative responses to anxieties in working relationships: the relations between ‘above’ and ‘below’ the surface, and ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the organisation are open for reworking through. Reflexivity is a key element in this process, which is taken up by Dent in a personal exploration of experiences of simultaneous participation in an online and a face-to-face social dreaming matrices. Dent proposes that psychological presence is distinctly different in each with the heightened potential to split parts of oneself across two systems that engage different sensory experiences, and structures of time and place. Finally, Sher provides us with an intriguing and detailed view into another kind of social media phenomenon: the Occupy movement in London. During these events staff of the Tavistock Institute offered a daily social dreaming event. Social media technologies played a role in the event, but we can also think about a method that includes dream sharing on the internet and about the viral fantasies a globally connected world can engender.
Contents
Volume 15, December 2013
Editorial: JINETTE DE GOOIJER
ZACHARY GABRIEL GREEN AND STEPHANIE BIERNBAUM
Virtual Authority
DAVID PATMAN
Socioanalysis and the Electronic Matrix
PHILIP BOXER
Managing the Risks of Social Disruption: What Can We Learn from the Impact of Social Networking Software?
NUALA DENT
Towards Reflexivity: Online and ‘In-the-Room’
MANNIE SHER
A Tale of One City: Social Dreaming and the Social Protest Movement – Occupy London at Tent City
Discussion
JOSEPH TRIEST
The ‘Faceless Mother’: Facebook and the Unconscious Perception of Leadership
MICKY TODAR-GOLDIN
Discussant’s Response: The Paradoxical Face of the Postmodern Authority
Book Reviews
SUSAN LONG
Review of The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: Connected-up Instantaneous Culture and the Self by Aaron Balick

Keywords: Social media, Virtual authority, Electronic matrix, Social disruption, Online, Reflexivity, Occupy London, Facebook, Leadership, Postmodern authority
Language: English


Publisher: Group Relations Australia
Publisher Location: Melbourne
ISBN:
Editors: Jinette de Gooijer

Submitted by:
Dr Jinette de Gooijer

jinette@innovativepractice.com
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