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Volume 44, Issue 2


Ten theses on the reality of video-chat: A phenomenological account

Christian Ferencz-Flatz
Published Online: 2019-06-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2018-2012


The following paper addresses the experience of reality in video-calls. To this extent, it first draws from Edmund Husserl’s phenomenological reflections that connect the question of reality with that of interaction and that of intersubjective communication. These reflections set the larger theoretical framework for sketching out ten theses with regard to the specific case of video-calls. To this extent it addresses issues like the public-private divide, the specific image-form of contemporary video-calls, the mutual intersubjective relations they involve, as well as their specific spatiality and temporality.

Keywords: phenomenology; video-chat; Husserl; intersubjectivity; philosophy of communication


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Published Online: 2019-06-08

Published in Print: 2019-06-07

Citation Information: Communications, Volume 44, Issue 2, Pages 204–224, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2018-2012.

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