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iPod and Philosophy: iCon of an ePoch (Popular Culture and Philosophy) 0th Edition

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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 PhilosophyFacebook and Philosophy, and Mr. Monk and Philosophy.
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Product Details

  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy (Book 34)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812696514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812696516
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,562,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sturgeon's Law applies. iPod and Philosophy is a multi-authored anthology of writings and part of a larger series of similar books which attempt to link the ideas of great (and no so great) philosophers to popular cultural icons. The audience for such books would seem to be fans of the icon and college professors looking for a "hip" way to relate their subject to teenagers. There are multiple and similar descriptions of the device and its use and many of the authors substitute cute for cool and personal reflections for insight so that the actual information content is low. In terms of describing the beauty and utility of the device, head for Stephen Levy's "The Perfect Thing" instead.

Of the 19 essays (which I would liken to musical fugues) I recommend the following:

1. Peter Schaefer's Alive and Clicking has a useful take on Marx and Georg Lukacs and the meaning of taking ownership idea and of reification.

2. Matthew Dewey's discussion of Donald Norman's mix of aethetics and functionality and John Dewey's American pragmatism.

3. Kaulingfrek and Warren's piece introduced the interesting idea of mobile clubbing except it's likely to be stamped as a marginal fad, much like Bill Gates idea of a virtual date, however it also does an good job of introducing the philosopher Jean Luc Nancy and his thoughts on the changing nature of community.

4. Reginald Arnold's Podcrastination which touches on the media ideas Neal Postman and on Hans Enzenberger.
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