“Today let's gently brush your ears”

ASMR som mediekulturelt og lydligt fænomen

Abstract

ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a physiological sensory reaction usually described as “a tingling, static-like sensation across the scalp, back of the neck and at times further areas in response to specific triggering audio and visual stimuli” (Barratt & Davis, 2015). In the last decade ASMR has also become a growing media cultural phenomenon, especially on YouTube, where ASMRtists create videos that help you overcome stress, loneliness and insomnia while making you feel good. This article follows a question raised by one of these ASMRtists concerning the ability of the videos to generate a feeling of human touch. In a combination of Media and Sound Studies, and supported by an empirical study of user comments on YouTube and Reddit, we argue that ASMR videos off er a social service by affording experiences of telepresence and pseudohaptic social audio-grooming and thereby meeting the ‘skin hunger’ of modern human beings.

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Published
2019-10-23
How to Cite
Klausen, H., & Have, I. (2019). “Today let’s gently brush your ears”. MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, 35(66), 037-054. https://doi.org/10.7146/mediekultur.v35i66.106133
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