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In an era of "frictionless" digital environments, this article proposes a queer analysis of the "lossy" materialities of mediated encounters. Building on recent scholarship on media failure and media infrastructures, it will argue that moments of disruption and deterioration commonly experienced by users reveal the failure of overlapping social and technical infrastructures to ensure lossless transmission of normative fantasies of subjectivity and mediated relationality. Highlighting the queerdoi:10.1515/culture-2018-0048 fatcat:j4psmqas5nenldf2e7rgbiddri