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‘Ecce Ego’: Apollo, Dionysus, and Performative Social Media
Malmö universitet, Fakulteten för lärande och samhälle (LS), Institutionen Idrottsvetenskap (IDV).ORCID-id: 0000-0003-4322-9916
2023 (Engelska)Ingår i: Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, ISSN 1751-1321, E-ISSN 1751-133X, s. 1-18Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Epub ahead of print
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Epitomized in the bodily exhibitions of ‘fitspiration’, photo-based social media is biased toward self-beautification and glorification of reality. Meanwhile, evidence is growing of psychological side effects connected to this ‘pictorial turn’ in our communication. In The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche poses the question how ugliness and discord can produce aesthetic pleasure. This paper proceeds from an inverse relationship and examines why glorification of appear- ances and conspicuous beauty fails to do the same, and even compounds suffering. Drawing on the Apollo-Dionysus dualism undergirding Nietzsche’s aesthetic philosophy, I posit a deeper relation between the saturation of visual self-exhibitionism typified in fitspiration and its empirical effects. Concentrating on the med- ium and self-representational photograph, I argue that Instagram is primarily an instrument of Apolline artifice and that the pictorial turn which defines the present centers Apolline mediation to the detrimental exclusion of meaningful communion with its Dionysiac antithesis. For users immersed in this Apolline sphere of visual self- representation, a fractured existence beholden to conditions of the image ensues—comprising surface-level appearances, deification of the moment, and loss of existential sustenance through myth. By positioning fitspiration not as an aberration but as the logical conclusion of the medium’s intrinsic Apolline property, it becomes a litmus test of the entire visual landscape and illustrative of the implications that uncritical participation in it may bring. 

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Routledge, 2023. s. 1-18
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fitspiration, social media, self-representation, Apollo Dionysus, Nietzsche
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63189DOI: 10.1080/17511321.2023.2265070ISI: 001082813800001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85173999829OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-63189DiVA, id: diva2:1805900
Tillgänglig från: 2023-10-18 Skapad: 2023-10-18 Senast uppdaterad: 2023-11-06Bibliografiskt granskad

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