Watching nightlife: affective labor, social media and surveillance

Carah, Nicholas (2014) Watching nightlife: affective labor, social media and surveillance. Television and New Media, 15 3: 250-265. doi:10.1177/1527476413498121

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Author Carah, Nicholas
Title Watching nightlife: affective labor, social media and surveillance
Journal name Television and New Media   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1527-4764
Publication date 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1527476413498121
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 250
End page 265
Total pages 16
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract This article examines the affective labor of nightlife photographers within the surveillance economy of social media. I examine nightlife photographers as “below the line” cultural laborers who employ their identities and communicative capacities to create and circulate images of nightlife online. These images stimulate interaction that can be watched, tracked, and responded to by the databases of social media. The study draws on interviews with nightlife photographers to examine how they account for the creative and promotional aspects of their labor. I argue that the analytical capacities of social media databases, and the modes of promotion they facilitate, depend in the first instance on the affective labor of cultural intermediaries like nightlife photographers.
Keyword Affective labor
Below-the-line labor
Social media
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print: 5 August 2013.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 13 Aug 2013, 10:02:14 EST by Dr Nicholas Carah on behalf of School of Journalism and Communication