This chapter argues for the rigid dichotomies between online and offline in current discourse on social interactions to be reconsidered. By identifying that space is produced by the intersection of interactions it can be said that online and offline narratives are situated relationally rather than dichotomously. Drawing on the concept of affordances (Gibson, 1977, 1986; Norman, 1988; Hogan, 2009) and the work of Doreen Massey (1994, 2005, 2009), it can be shown that subjects act on perceived affordances in narratives of online and offline relations which intersect to produce the spaces in which social interactions are situated. This chapter proposes the concept of 'networked spaces' as a strategy for resolving the problematic binary of online and offline. Networked spaces are dynamic, the contexts or narratives within them relational. It is through the lived experiences of interactions in these spaces that the contexts of social interactions are suggested to be best examined.
Networked sociability and individualism: technology for personal and professional relationships / Francesca Comunello (ed.),
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