Blogging : How Our Private Thoughts Went Public

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Blogging: How Our Private Thoughts Went Public examines self-representational writing from its historical roots in personal diaries to its current form in personal blogs. Widely available on the Internet, personal blogs are the latest form of an ever more public writing style of self-reflection. Utilizing Hannah Arendt's philosophy of public, private, and social, this book delves deeper into the question of public versus private and provides an entrance for Arendt's work into today's mediated world. Arendt's understanding of public, private, and social allows us to better understand the need for boundaries and for both public and private spaces in our lives. Interpersonal communication theories, including boundary management theory and parasocial framework theory, help to better understand how people navigate public and private boundaries in communication. These theories provide a philosophical view of our overshared and overmediated world, and, specifically, how it affects our communication styles and practices.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 151 x 231 x 8mm | 177g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739198041
  • 9780739198049

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Historical Journey from Diaries and Journals to Personal Blogs Chapter 2: Hannah Arendt's Understanding of Public, Private, and Social Chapter 3: Interpersonal Communication and the Role of Communication Technology Chapter 4: Personal Blogs: History, Usage, Future-Are We Just Looking for Our 15 Minutes of Fame Chapter 5: Personal Blogs that Do More Chapter 6: Using Arendt to Navigate the Future of Communication Technology
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Review quote

At last, a book about blogging that draws its inspiration and template not from politics but philosophy ranging from Aristotle to Hannah Arendt. Beautifully written, deeply contemplated, entirely convincing, Wolfe's book is a signal contribution to media theory and the world at large. -- Paul Levinson, Fordham University, author of New New Media
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About Kristin Roeschenthaler Wolfe

Kristin Roeschenthaler Wolfe is instructor of public speaking and rhetoric and composition at Pennsylvania State University.
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