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Product Details

  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy (Book 50)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812696751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812696752
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

D. E. Wittkower is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University, where he teaches philosophy of technology and computer ethics. He also edited Philip K. Dick and PhilosophyMr. Monk and Philosophy, and iPod and Philosophy.

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I teach courses on philosophy of technology at Old Dominion University, and write on technology, digital culture, ethics, business, and the philosophy of everyday life and popular culture. I also freelance for Speakeasy, culture blog of the Wall Street Journal, and Slate's Future Tense.

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). His research has concentrated on Philosophy of Technology and Applied Philosophy--exploring the intersection of New Media Theory, Political Philosophy, Ethics, and 19th and 20th century Continental and American philosophy. Prior to accepting the position of Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University, he taught at Coastal Carolina University, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Tech, University of Missouri - St. Louis, and University of Maine - Orono. He is Phi Beta Kappa, and was given the 2011 Award for Distinguished Teaching by the CCU College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Current research concentrates on Facebook, personal relationships, and community, with some additional projects underway on kickstarter, new media pedagogy, the value of boredom, and the strange prominence of bacon in online culture. Recent publications concern topics including Philip K. Dick, the phenomenology of audiobook listening, the role of the cute in digital culture, and copyright in e-business.

In addition to the books listed here, he has contributed to *The Unlike Us Reader* (Institute of Network Cultures, 2013), *Putting Knowledge to Work and Letting Information Play* (Springer, 2012), *Applying Care Ethics to Business* (Springer, forthcoming 2011), *Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies* (Routledge, 2011), *Learning Through Digital Media (Institute for Distributed Creativity, 2011), *Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy* (Open Court, 2011), *Anime and Philosophy* (Open Court, 2010), *Ethical Issues in E-Business* (IGI Global, 2010), and *Radiohead and Philosophy* (Open Court, 2009); and author of articles appearing in *Techné*, *International Review of Information Ethics*, *APA Newsletter on Computers and Philosophy*, *Social Identities*, and *Fast Capitalism*.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2013
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Normally, I would never leave a rating for a book I have not yet finished.

But this book has only two ratings so far, and one of them is a one-star rating clearly intended for a completely different book and inadvertently posted on the wrong page. I worry that this books sales are being hurt by a one-star review intended for a very different book about Facebook. (On my comment to that review, I link to the book that it seems to be intended for).

This is looking to be either a four or five star book; I'm enjoying the essays. Once I finish, I'll revise this review to be more accurate & informative.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 10, 2010
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Facebook and Philosophy: What's On Your Mind provides a powerful philosophical examination of the phenomenon of Facebook and how it changes human relationships and social values. Nearly thirty contemporary thinkers familiar with Facebook's culture consider its impact and cultural milieu, from issues of privacy and the quality and perception of 'friends' to gossip, perception and the evolution of Facebook. Computer and philosophy collections alike will appreciate these lively dialogues.
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3 of 24 people found the following review helpful By PhotoBuff on August 18, 2012
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This book has an enticing title and I have purchased hundreds of books from Amazon and this is the FIRST time I am writing such a terrible review! It is simply 2 page fictional stories made up by the author about so-called FB addicts and how FB has affected their lives. The author states these are fictional towards the END of the book and after every story, it advertises authors website to get support. Online support group for addicts of the internet?! haha ... The stories are ridiculous and there is much better info avail FREE from doing a Google search. I can't even return the book and get a refund since I ordered Kindle version. Waste of money, no value at all...
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