Algorithmic Love

Published on Nov 18, 2015

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online dating & biopolitical reproduction in networked societies

dawn shepherd, boise state university,
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  • romantic matchmaking & the marriage apparatus
  • online dating & regimes of power
  • marriage & success
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intermediation, mediation, automation

three conditions of matchmaking
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authority figure/matchmaker facilitates the marriage match through active human decision-making
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mediated human decision-making, individuals match themselves
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matchmaking outsourced to non-human operators
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matchmaking & power formations

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sovereignty & intermediation

bloodlines & birthrights
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discipline & mediation

married couple at center of life
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Until the late eighteenth century, most societies around the world saw marriage as too vital an economic and political institution to be left up to the free choice of the two individuals involved, especially if they were going to base their decision on something as unreasoning and transitory as love.

Coontz. Marriage, A History. 178.

contemporary power formations & automation

biopolitics, marriage, & reproduction

"[Power] focused on the species body, the body imbued with the mechanics of life and serving as the basis of the biological processes: propagation, birth and mortality, the level of health, life expectancy and longevity, with all the conditions that can cause these to vary. Their supervision was effected through an entire series of intervention and regulatory controls: biopolitics of the population."

Foucault. History of Sexuality. 139.

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rise of the tea party

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paradoxical exceptions

reproductive rights & marriage equality
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control over reproduction

procreation as the sacred act
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marriage equality

procreation at center of SCOTUS case
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online dating

marriage synonymous with success
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other successes

do not fit within larger cultural narratives

marriage & online dating success

transforms the couple, reforms risky singles

dawn shepherd

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