ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

What Porn Says to Information Studies: The Affective Value of Documents, and the Body in Information Retrieval

Patrick Keilty1, Gregory Leazer2
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; 2Dept. of Information Studies, UCLA

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 10:30am


In this paper we examine will examine how the everyday life of information seeking of pornography reveals two things. In contradiction of the general theory that says documents are sought for their cognitive value, the commonplace phenomenon of browsing pornography online demonstrates that documents are sought for their affective value. Furthermore, affective response reveals ways that the information seeker’s own body is an important element in the negotiation of assessing and understanding documents during the seeking process. We also assess the degree to which these specific observations are true in more general settings.