The Crisis of Presence in Contemporary Culture : Ethics, Privacy and Speech in Mediated Social Life
- Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster, Author of Social Media: A Critical Introduction
By investigating three issues which have captured the public imagination as 'problems' emerging directly from the contemporary use of communications technology (anti-social behaviour, privacy and free speech online), Vincent Miller explores how the digital revolution is challenging our notion of 'self' and 'presence'. Through a critical and philosophical examination of each of these cases, he argues that they have at their root the same phenomena: `a crisis of presence'.
Focussing on the concept of presence, and the challenges that our changing presence poses to our ethics, privacy and public discourse, Miller illustrates how ubiquitous communication technologies have created a disjuncture between how we think we exist in the world and how we actually do exist through our use of such devices.
The solution, he claims, is not to focus exclusively on `content' and its regulation as much as it is to examine, understand and resist the alienating aspects of the media itself, such as the technological ordering, metaphysical abstraction and mediation which increasingly define our social encounters and presences. He suggests that such resistance involves several ambitious revisions in our ethical, legal and technological regimes.
- Hardback | 144 pages
- 148 x 210 x 12.7mm | 310g
- 05 Jan 2016
- Sage Publications Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Chapter 1: METAPHYSICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL PRESENCE
Chapter 2: PRESENCE, PROXIMITY AND ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR ONLINE
Chapter 3: `FIND LOVE IN CANADA': DISTRIBUTED SELVES, ABSTRACTION AND THE PROBLEM OF PRIVACY AND AUTONOMY
Chapter 4: `GOING TO AFRICA...': THE PROBLEM OF SPEECH IN A WORLD WHERE WE WRITE INSTEAD OF TALK
About Vincent Miller