Skip to content Skip to navigation

Academic Events

To Spread Love Media Forum (No.76): Professor Yuan Guangfeng Shares "Understanding Emotional Expression in New Media"

On the afternoon of December 19, professor yuan guangfeng, associate professor of school of journalism and communication, nanjing university, delivered an academic lecture entitled "understanding emotional expression in new media" to graduate students in room 206, xinchuan building. Chen chujie, associate professor of our institute, chaired the lecture.
The content of teacher yuan guangfeng's lecture is divided into four parts: the paradigm of "rationalism", "the turn of emotion", "the new understanding of publicity" and "the practice of emotion".
First, Mr. Yuan guangfeng introduced the paradigm of "rationalism", analyzed the relationship between rationality and emotion and the role of rationalism in the study of journalism and communication. Rationalism originated in the enlightenment, after which human reason began to replace the authority of religion as the supreme principle. However, people's cognition of emotion is largely influenced by group psychology, which associates emotion with concepts such as "group mania" and "rabble". Reason and emotion are regarded as the logical relation of binary opposition. Journalism has always adhered to a rationalist attitude, pursuing objectivity and neutrality, abandoning statements with emotional overtones, and believing that emotional involvement would lead to wrong judgments. However, it needs to be further discussed whether reason and emotion are opposite and whether emotions affect rational play.
Secondly, teacher yuan guangfeng expressed the "turning of emotion" from three dimensions: the relationship between emotion and cognition, the construction of emotion and social culture, and the historicism of emotion. First of all, emotion and cognition are inseparable. Many emotional responses are based on cognitive evaluation. Emotion is an essential part of sound rationality. Furthermore, emotion should not only be understood as the reaction of individual body, the generation and expression of emotion are related to social and cultural construction. Finally, emotions are historical, and human emotions and expressions of emotions vary greatly from period to period. Emotional history research calls for the study of emotions such as fear, love, hatred and disgust, so as to clarify the relationship between the emotions of an era and public life.
Later, Mr. Yuan guangfeng discussed the role of emotion from the perspectives of public practice, "public" formation and normative ability, and deliberative democracy. Emotion can be used as a practical way to participate in the public sphere. For example, Young Cheon Cho, a south Korean scholar, discussed how the underclass can enter the public sphere through "physical pain", citing the self-immolations in the south Korean workers' movement and anti-government rallies. Emotion can also serve as a normative force, especially in China. For example, in the traditional society, local officials were called "patriarch officials", and in the period of the republic of China, public sympathy could influence judicial judgment. Finally, emotional inclusion can make deliberative democracy more inclusive. Binary relations perspective that emotion can damage the rational judgment, but in fact, the emotion of the situation will change for different groups of judgment and understanding, citizens through empathy mechanism can put themselves in view of the different groups, taking into account all the affected parties legal emotion, absorbs and putting them into a generalized stance, contributes to the realization of "impartiality" democratic deliberation.
Finally, teacher yuan guangfeng discussed the "emotional practice". He believes that emotional experience and emotional expression are often two separate parts. Due to the complexity of emotions, emotional expression cannot fully reflect people's emotional experience, but can only be expressed according to specific emotional rules. Emotional rules dictate which emotional experiences people should express on which occasions, such as weddings and funerals. According to the rules of emotion, emotion can be managed, which can further become a part of social management. Finally, emotional practice is related to fields, capital and habitus. The power and rule of emotion expression in different fields are different, and the body form of emotion is different. Different social strata have different cultural capital, so emotional expression is different; Habitus exists in the individual body and mind, and also reflects the characteristics of social structure.
Mr. Yuan guangfeng's lecture was both informative and interesting. The simple explanation broadened students' research horizons, inspired students to think deeply about rationalism and emotional expression, and benefited the students a lot.