Email my heart: remediation and romantic break-ups


  • Ilana Gershon

    1. Assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. She is currently working on a book, The break-up 2.0: Disconnecting over new media. Her email address is:
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    • Correction Note: The author's name in the HTML version of this article was corrected to Ilana Gershon in January 2014. It had been misspelt as Llana Gershon in the original HTML version, though it was correct in the printed version. The Publisher apologises for any inconvenience caused as a result of this error.


For the past year, I have been collecting people's stories about how they break-up using new social technologies - text-messaging, instant messaging, Facebook, email, voicemail, and so on. These are narratives about how changes in media create new possibilities for disconnecting with others. In telling these stories, people are also being explicit about their media ideologies surrounding what constitutes proper and improper use of new technologies. They are also imagining anew how different and newly introduced media interact with each other, that is, they are re-evaluating remediation. This article addresses the role media ideologies play in contemporary remediation.