Snapchat as a New Instrument for Anti-Oedipal Expression in the 21st Century

Francesca Pangallo


This paper focuses on the new expression dynamics the unconscious accesses through the instant messaging app called Snapchat. In Anti-Oedipus, Deleuze and Guattari point out how the individual can no longer be defined through psychoanalysis, as Freud did with the Oedipus complex. From the understanding of its opposite attitude – the anti-Oedipus – the unconscious is a new type of machine acting inside a society made by screens. Having been released from the standard time-line history concept, the unconscious is now free to extend itself with different forms of social interactions.


snapchat; edipo; anti-edipo; storia; inconscio

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