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Facebook and Philosophy: What's on Your Mind? (Popular Culture and Philosophy #50)

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Facebook and Philosophy is an entertaining, multi-faceted exploration of what Facebook means for us and for our relationships. With discussions ranging from the nature of friendship and its relationship to "friending," to the (debatable) efficacy of "online activism," this book is the most extensive and systematic attempt to understand Facebook yet. And with plenty of new ...more
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Published 2010 by Open Court
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Jason
Jul 03, 2011 Jason rated it liked it
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It was fine. Collection of 23 essays loosely related to philosophy and facebook. The scope of writers was quite broad, and so was their quality and my interest in them. While it was nice to read a wide and varied survey of views and topics, it would have been nice to see some thematic development by a single author. The essay length prevented a deep, philosophical investigation of any one subject. Still, it was worth the time.
Avinash
Jan 19, 2016 Avinash rated it really liked it
What happens when you use Philosophy to look at Social Media?
This, apparently is the first question which comes to mind when you look at the cover of D.E. Wittkower's (2010) essay collection Facebook and Philosophy.

The 23 essays in this collection explore wide range of issues from matters regarding Privacy, change in meaning of Friendships, rise of a new class of bottom-up political movements and so much more (does Candy crush and Mafia war requests irritate you?).
The essays were expected to be
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Helder
Mar 11, 2012 Helder rated it really liked it
An interesting book, and a timely one. Facebook and Philosophy presents several articles relating philosophical topics, such as identity, the self, reality vs virtuality, with the pinnacle of social networking sites: Facebook. Ethical and political consequences of Facebook use are also tackled, making this collective work a recommended reading.

In comparison with other books from the same collection, Facebook and Philosophy has a lesser philosophical depthness, but this makes it more suitable for
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Ariz Guzman
Dec 03, 2010 Ariz Guzman rated it it was amazing
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Really enlightening. I think this book applies to most of social media. I especially enjoyed the break up letter to Facebook.
Andrea
Apr 13, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
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This is an anthology of essays about facebook utilizing a variety of philosophical perspectives. I have a passing familiarity with most of the philosophers the writers refer to, but I don't consider myself an expert. I found the essays mainly readable and interesting.
Tami
Jan 04, 2012 Tami added it
I spend quite a bit of time on FB, so this was good for me to read. It made me look at FB and social networking in a more critical fashion.
Tony Chen
Feb 19, 2013 Tony Chen rated it it was amazing
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D.E. Wittkower received a Ph.D in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2006. His training concentrated on German philosophy and the history of value theory (ethics, aesthetics, social/political philosophy), and his research has concentrated primarily on issues of ethics, technology, and political philosophy. Prior to accepting the position of Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion U ...more
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