This essay reads fictional and non-fictional accounts of digital stalking as signals of larger changes in intersubjectivity itself caused by Google. Most social media platforms trap users in imaginary relations, in which the other is encountered as a complete profile, but Google allows the searcher to locate an absence in the other in the form of a missing search result. As will be shown in an analysis of two contemporary novels whose first-person narrations center around Google-stalking, Caroline Kepnes’s You (2014) and Olivia Sudjic’s Sympathy (2017), Google’s mode of intersubjectivity amounts to an endless tunnel with no light at its end, whose exploration only feeds the profits of digital capitalism. Through a comparison of real-life stalking and digital stalking, historical shifts in the subject’s relation to the Other are captured.
"Stalking Oneself: The Fantasmatic Intersubjectivity of Google."
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