So Frenchy, So Chic! Just published: Tudor, M-A & Bratosin, S. (2020). Sexuality and religion in the public sphere. Opinions of French students on mediatization of intimate sphere. 𝑍𝐸𝑅 – 𝑅𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎 𝑑𝑒 𝐸𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑜𝑠 𝑑𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑜́𝑛 25(49). Full article here: https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/Zer/article/view/21612/19938 #FrenchStudents,#religion,#sexuality,#intimacy,#publicpassiveopinion,#mediatization. Un article issu d’une recherche étalée sur 2 ans (2017-2019). Il discute de la participation passive des étudiants français à la construction de l’opinion publique médiatisée sur la sexualité et la religion
This article explores the passive participation of French students within the construction of public opinion on sexuality and religion. The research was conducted on 375 French students’ sample, aged 18 to 23 in the second year of Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences within a control environment of documentary research, discursive production, and audiovisual creativity. The experience took place over two consecutive years, respectively, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The experiment was based on three distinct explorations corresponding to distinct individual cognitive experiences aimed at the representation, expression and meaning of the intimate limits assigned by students to public display through the mediatization of sexuality and religion. The French students’ opinion on the mediatization of intimate sphere in view of their passive participation in the construction of this opinion feeds two scenarios that revisit the presence of sexuality and religion in the public sphere. The first scenario is the privatization of public sphere. The questions of sexuality and religion, previously reserved for the private sphere, become in the students’ choices themes devolved primarily to the public sphere due to the facilities for individual and instant expression induced by the innovative technologies associated with new media. This tendency indicates that students have understood the political issue of mediatization and that intimacy can be used as a weapon and deliberately exposed in the public sphere as by its emotional and transgressive power, it attempts to change morals or laws. (Berrebi-Hoffmann, 2010: 16). The second major scenario that revisits the presence of sexuality and religion in the public sphere is the commodification of intimate sphere. The resistance to mediatization of the intimate sphere revealed by the results indicates rather less the cultural fidelity to traditional social practices and more so the understanding that the economic stake of the mediatization of sexuality and religion, a stake directly linked to affective capitalism where intimacy becomes a commodity and the use of new media is akin to negotiating the profit to be made from this commodity, of which new information and communication technologies are so keen on capitalizing.