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The “applied poetics” of Instagram: the Greek Instapoetry landscape

ABSTRACT This study maps the Greek Instapoetry landscape by exploring a) the central formats and themes through which Greek Instapoetry becomes communicated, the most common hashtag sequences used and the predominant types of elicited responses, as well as b) the basic perceptions and experiences of Instapoetry practitioners. Findings evidenced how multiple individual forms of labour are involved in practices of content production, rendering thereby Instapoetry as a system of “applied poetics,” structured around the application of distinctive and individualised types of technological affordances for textual composition. Traditional understandings of poetry were found to be strongly upheld amongst practitioners, while the value of print was shown to be preserved as holding an additional merit. Poetic hashtags were found to be more related with visibility, in order to generate algorithmic classifications and were used mostly with strategic intent. “Ideal” instapoems were construed as short and comprehensible texts that address issues of love or point towards inspirational messages, able to elicit intense emotions in readers. Under this light, there is evidence to suggest that Instapoetry could be approached as a digitally distributed cognition ecosystem, in which affect plays a central role in understanding the cognitive processes underpinning interactions with Instapoetry-related content.

#indigenousauthor: locating Tenille Campbell’s erotic poetry, photography, and community-based arts beyond social media

ABSTRACT Guided by a desire-centred framework, this article explores how Tenille Campbell (Dene/Métis) uses Instagram as a space for contemporary muiltimedia artistic practice. Her poetry, photography, and other creative endeavours have presented meaningful opportunities for community-building and identity-affirmation as a force specifically for Indigenous resurgence across national, tribal, and geographical lines. The first section begins with a discussion of desire-centred research as it intersects with Indigenous new media studies and decolonial methodologies. Later sections argue that Campbell’s artistic expressions nurture emotional, mental, communal, and spiritual connections to land, thereby growing a virtual landedness—especially in relation to the erotic, which best captures Campbell’s project of community-building and identity-affirmation. Lastly, this article highlights the remediation of Campbell’s poetry into fashionwear, which simultaneously cultivates networks of Indigenous women entrepreneurs. Her poetry, evinced as a co-creative, community-based, multidisciplinary literary arts practice, surpasses its manifestation on social media, and should be understood as a multimodal constellation that has impacts that ripple far beyond digital environments.

Performing Persian poetics on Instagram: an interview with @barkhi_az_honarmandan

ABSTRACT Uncensored, unlike many other social media platforms in Iran, Instagram has become the most popular social media platform among Iranians, providing a space for creative expression including the creation of Instapoetry. Here I offer an interview with the group behind the @barkhi_az_honarmandan account, an Instagram account run by anonymous admins that produces digital poetry. Since Iran and its news form the main focus of this account, the page is actively involved in creating visual poetics as a form of digital activism. In its work, @barkhi_az_honarmandan takes on a performative presence on Instagram and combines visual and literary digital art to create digital contents that reflect. It thus prompts reflections, on news and issues related to Iranian culture and society, by creating engaging digital art with a poetic style and powerful impact. This interview, prefaced with a brief description of the impact of social media visual poetry. It shows that social media and Instapoetry have become vital tools for political dissent and creative expression in Iran, allowing individuals to connect with others and engage in dialogues or political activism in Iran. In particular, the close reading of specific posts and poems by Iranian account demonstrates some of the semiotic codes of Persian language activist online poetry.

Gender roles, parenthood, and the ethics of care in pandemic media narratives pre- and post-Covid-19

ABSTRACT Crises have always brought along transformations in gender identities, roles, and relations: while much has changed in Western culture regarding the role of women and notions of masculinity are also challenged, efforts to control female roles, bodies, and sexualities persist. For example, Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream has described the post-9/11 age as an era of reconstituted “traditional” manhood, redomesticated femininity and nuclear family “togetherness.” The question that lies at the basis of this paper is whether – and if so, how –science fiction cinema continues to respond to moments of crisis and vulnerability through the old myth of protective manhood and feminine weakness. By identifying two cases of insecurity – climate change and the coronavirus pandemic – we analyse a recent film (Bird Box, 2018) and two TV series on pandemic outbreaks from the US (Sweet Tooth, 2021) and Italy (Anna, 2021). All three works break new ground – though not devoid of limits – about family structures and parental care: while Bird Box proposes a reversal of gender roles, Anna elaborates on the notion of motherhood by presenting unconventional models of mothering; in Sweet Tooth, the ethics of care is extended to the relationship between humans, animals, and the endangered environment.