New Criticals

The increased use of digital platforms to connect people of comparative material privilege with populations of lesser material privilege (for instance from global North to global South) seems visually to be bringing about relational shifts yet the digital mediation and the many offline institutional practices of producing the visual relationality in face throw up invisible boundaries. The two sides of the economic spectrum in reality cannot access each other even as digital transactions in the form of monetary transactions create feel good affects for the person on the giving end of this relationship.  Affective exchanges are ever present around us. But affect does not transform into food that will feed the hungry.  Or does it?

A question to reiterate is  - what does accessing and connecting across monetary divides mean? Why do we expect it?