The notion of “Snapchat Dysmorphia”, which we extend here to a more generic “Selfie Dysmorphia”, has been under discussion online for at least a couple of years. It concerns the increasingly widespread inability to accept one's own appearance and the spasmodic need to control it through filters and post- production effects with the smartphone. This trend, which from epidemic is becoming endemic, configures an unprecedented modality of relationship with one's own body and its image, specifically (but not only) facial. A new semiopolitics of bodies is developing, with not only psychosocial but also socio-semiotic consequences which summon up complex notions such as that of the figure, an in-depth reflection on the interpretative dynamics involved in the choice of pertinentising some plastic configurations of images as figuratively salient, and a reflection on the semantics of the concept of “disfiguration” as an isotopy of contemporary society.

Culture del volto e sociosemiotica della selfie dysmorphia

SURACE BRUNO
2020

Abstract

The notion of “Snapchat Dysmorphia”, which we extend here to a more generic “Selfie Dysmorphia”, has been under discussion online for at least a couple of years. It concerns the increasingly widespread inability to accept one's own appearance and the spasmodic need to control it through filters and post- production effects with the smartphone. This trend, which from epidemic is becoming endemic, configures an unprecedented modality of relationship with one's own body and its image, specifically (but not only) facial. A new semiopolitics of bodies is developing, with not only psychosocial but also socio-semiotic consequences which summon up complex notions such as that of the figure, an in-depth reflection on the interpretative dynamics involved in the choice of pertinentising some plastic configurations of images as figuratively salient, and a reflection on the semantics of the concept of “disfiguration” as an isotopy of contemporary society.
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selfie dysmorphia, facial dysmorphia, semiotics of the face, face studies, disfigurement
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