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Interpreting “screen time”

January 5, 2016

Excerpt from an OUPblog article, published on 27th December, by Jill Casid, Professor of Visual Studies at University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject, which is now available on Minnesota Scholarship Online.

Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject

"The screen is so unremarkable in its ubiquity that it might seem to take going out to the very limits to make us aware of the extent to which image projection has become our very condition. Take the migration of the phrase “screen time” from its place in film analysis as the descriptor for the edited duration of an action on screen. Screen time now demarcates the time we spend facing the screen. The new use of the phrase makes us aware of the screen only to the extent to which it encroaches. Or, rather, through the device of “parental controls,” screen time is what must be restricted from “children”– that displacing shorthand for those deemed vulnerable to the screen’s altering powers. But it is not just the situation of the ubiquitously scattered and presumptively attention-scattering screen that constitutes our condition. The scene of projection functions as an apparatus of power by just such displacing projection—casting off vulnerability onto the “children” who figure the precarious susceptibility we might refuse to admit ..."

Discover more: Read more in Jill's article 'Interpreting "screentime"'. The introduction to Scenes of Projection is now freely available until the end of February. Get access to the full text of this book, as well as others in UPSO's brand new Art module, by recommending UPSO to your librarian today.