Affect is most often used loosely as a synonym for emotion. But [emotion and affect] pertain to different orders. Emotion is qualified intensity…It is intensity owned and recognized. It is crucial to theorize the difference between affect and emotion. If some have the impression that it has waned, it is because affect is unqualified. As such, it is not ownable or recognizable, and is thus resistant to critique.
- Excerpted from “The Autonomy of Affect” by Brian Massumi