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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 September 15th 2010 by Open Court Publishing Company
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well, it didn't answer my particular questions towards facebook's own attitude. I was quite curious why a set of people is always shuffled & displayed as they're gonna miss you while deactivating :/
Many writers, so the writing quality fluctuated. The chapters in the beginning disappointed me, written like school essays or college assignments. But chapters through middle to the end are very well written (y) And the series itself is interesting, 107 topics they have covered through 107 volume
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I almost gave it a 2: "it was ok" because two or three of the essays were pretty good. The good ones discussed issues like the nature of varieties of friendships and whether friendship is a necessary part of the good life, personal authenticity and how we represent ourselves in different contexts, and the extent to which "the medium is the message," as Marshall McLuhan used to say. There is even a bit about Situationist International and Debord's Society of the Spectacle, and something about tho ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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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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“Plasticity inhibits authenticity, and fosters in its place a kind of fairytale, insubstantial, unstable environment. All under the cover of freedom of choice. but there is no freedom larger than simply being who you must be. There is no more formidable Self than the one that has adjusted to nonnegotiable fixed points or unconditional obstacles to its aspiration. There is no more compelling truth than accepting with genuine grace what one cannot change.

And so there is no larger testimony to freedom than someone who has taken such a course of life over a long haul; who ultimately and transparently bears the marks and scars of where they have been in real time. Such person wear line on their faces, lines that resolutely defy the airbrush. Such persons need not continuously broadcast their inner narratives; nor need they present the same visage to every acquaintance. But their faces still speak volumes to anyone with eyes to see. Their faces bear the marks of their irrevocable investments in their inalienable humanity.”
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