Logic of Feeling: Technology’s Quest to Capitalize Emotion

A new book by Luke Munn may interest AHP readers. Logic of Feeling: Technology’s Quest to Capitalize Emotion is described as follows:

From the virulence of fake news to the rise of psychographic profiling, emotion has become ascendant. The new frontier of capitalization is not outward, but inward—the inner life of affect and emotion, desire and disposition. This book lays that new reality out with a series of close case studies.

A new set of technologies are emerging, from facial coding to affective computing, that attempt to render the emotional into the machine-readable. At the same time, social media and smart home devices are becoming empathic, attempting to draw out our affective participation and elicit our emotional expression. In these encounters with the medial and the technical, the emotional is remade.

Combining a close analysis of contemporary technologies such as Affectiva, Facebook, and Alexa with critical media theory, Logic of Feeling: Technology’s Quest to Capitalize Emotion examines how the quest to operationalize this inner life begins to reconfigure feeling itself.

Table of Contents

  1. The Ascendancy of Emotion

Emotional Content

Emotional Decisions

Emotional Computing

  1. Capturing Emotion: Affectiva and Facial Coding

From Darwin to Ekman

Basic Emotions and the Revenge of Empiricism

Affectiva and Optimizing for Emotion

A Future of Facial Calibration

  1. Eliciting Emotion: Facebook and the Injunction to Share

Anxious Pleasures

Addiction by Design

Making Emotion Count

  1. Emulating Emotion: Alexa and Friendly Power

From Algorithmic to Affective

Turning to Face Alexa

  1. Steering Emotion: Cambridge Analytica and Psychopolitics

Kosinski and the Intimate Like

Crawling into the Skin of the Consumer

From Demographics to Psychographics


About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.