Facebook and Philosophy: What's on Your Mind?

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Open Court Publishing, 2010 - Computers - 285 pages
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Luciano Floridi likes Facebook and Philosophy

"This is a brilliant book: don't miss it. Facebook and Philosophy is funny and intelligent, conceptually deep and enlightening. The world is being radically changed by information and communication technologies and the chapters in this volume help to make sense of some of the new intellectual challenges facing humanity."¨Luciano Floridi, author of The Philosophy of Information

John Suler likes Facebook and Philosophy

"A fascinating and insightful exploration into the many facets of Facebook. It reveals the day-to-day experiences of social networking, as well as the profound philosophical ideas and questions underlying those experiences. A must-read for the newbie and the savvy user alike."¨John Suler, author of The Psychology of Cyberspace

Victor J. Vitanza likes Facebook and Philosophy

"@Readers, get your Face back into a Book! Buy your notebook a facebook book. This one Facebook and Philosophy, a perfect match for your notebook¨is fun to read. The book is filled with status lines as well as what's on my mind lines. The two books are ideal for co-habitation. A marriage in the making. Be the first to type your favorite passages from this book to your 'friends' on Facebook and ask them to type theirs. In no time, Facebook and Philosophy will be, piece by piece, cut by cut, on Facebook itself. So buy the book. Steal it if necessary. Liberate the book on Facebook! Mashup the book. Turn it into a smashbook!"¨Victor J. Vitanza, Editor, CyberReader

danah boyd likes Facebook and Philosophy

"Facebook has evolved into a significant cultural platform, home to everything from folks hanging out to serious political movements. Facebook and Philosophy offers an insightful examination of our mediated lives. This book is a must-read for anyone who doubts the social importance of Facebook (and a sheer delight for those obsessed with updating their status)."¨Danah Boyd, co-author of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out

Joseph Pitt likes Facebook and Philosophy

"Facebook and Philosophy is an entertaining yet serious look at a confusing and (to some) frustrating contemporary phenomenon. The ways one technological development has influenced our daily lives are explored in depth, providing insights, some even profound. A must read!"-Joseph Pitt, author of Thinking about Technology

Cheryl E. Ball likes Facebook and Philosophy

"Cheryl E. Ball encourages fans of Facebook to read Facebook and Philosophy. Provocative and fun, this book delves into every crevice of Facebook through scholarly treatments of privacy, Mafia Wars, gossip, identity, playboy, and about 23 others. For FB lovers, skeptics, scholars, and students alike, this book is a great starting point for examining all kinds of social networking sites."¨Cheryl E. Ball, editor of Kays: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy

D.E. Wittkower is the editor of iPod and Philosophy: iCon of an ePoch (2008) and Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective (2010). He fully acknowledges he has had serious issues with FarmVille, Bejeweled Slit, Word Challenge, Pet Society, Treasure Madness, and PackRat, but wishes to make it absolutely clear that he has now been clean for several weeks. He teaches philosophy at Coastal Carolina University.
 

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I've decided I'm just not the right audience for this pop culture and philosophy series. Though I enjoyed some of the Facebook-related essays -- the more specific the scope, the better -- there was ... Read full review

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A growing trend in social communication is the use of Social Networking sites. This transcends the day to day personal interaction with a more accessible and faster communication. The sphere of the ... Read full review

Contents

Playing Around with Identity
89
facebook Friends
109
The Friendship that Makes No Demands
123
What Are Friends For?
147
Dear facebook
161
facebook as an Excess of Seeing
181
Gatekeeper Moderator Synthesizer
201
facebook Surveillance and Power
215
Wall to Wall or Face to Face
231
The Proles and Cons of facebook
253
Keyword Search
277
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D.E. Wittkower is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He received his PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, is trained in German philosophy and the history of value theory (ethics, aesthetics, and social/political philosophy), and works primarily in philosophy of technology and the philosophy of everyday life and popular culture. He is editor of "Facebook and Philosophy", "Philip K. Dick and Philosophy", "Mr. Monk and Philosophy", and "iPod and Philosophy"; has written articles for "Slate" and "Speakeasy" (the Arts and Culture blog of the "Wall Street Journal") as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters; and has recorded a dozen audiobooks with Librivox.org.

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