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Facebook and Philosophy: What's on Your Mind? (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – October 1, 2010
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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 Philosophy, Mr. Monk and Philosophy, and iPod and Philosophy.
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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.
Still, when I did pick it up, I was glad the material offered for discussion was not too dated.
This is a fun read for those who wonder what philosophy is about; less so for those wonder what Facebook is all about. The work is a volume in a series called "Popular Culture and Philosophy." It is Volume 50, to be exact.
A number of contributors offer ideas and insights on all possible aspects of this social media. Many philosophical offerings are amusing, or intriguing, or at least thought-provoking. Some are less than interesting. The dominant topic of contributions is Friendship. Is it really possible on Facebook, and to what extent? Are friends truly "friends"? Another recurring topic is Identity. To what extent can you manipulate, or play with it? The Wandel-Beavers Essay is interesting here. The reader is introduced to varied philosophers (most of them, modern), although the topic in an essay can be more psychological than philosophical.While the title is exciting, few essays really took flight for me, so that is why 3 stars.
But if you want to find out if there is more meaning to life than Facebook, and social media, and you are intellectual type, then I invite you to give it a try.