Juridical Confrontations with Digital Ecologies: The Ravi Verdict

The desire for governance– as if it were an effective opposition to the surreal intensities of contemporary political economy– are nowhere clearer than in the recent guilty verdict in the trial of former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi for having broadcast and circulated online his roommate Tyler Clementi’s sex with another man.  In the ongoing and much larger criminalization of bullying, the supposed victory for mainstream, homonormative LGBT politics in this case consists in a celebration of governance’s ability to both produce a new body that is folded into the life of the State—the gay or queer youth—and the concomitant juridical punishment of its perverse companion category, the bully.

Read the rest of my guest post at 243 Conklin, the Women’s and Gender Studies Blog at Rutgers-Newark, here. 


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