The Crisis of Presence in Contemporary Culture: Ethics, Privacy and Speech in Mediated Social Life
Publication Year: 2016
”Discussions about the contemporary online world are often in a one-dimensional manner shaped by moral panics about online trolling, cyberbullying, cybercrime, terrorists online, etc. The associated right-wing extremist agenda for Internet politics is about control, surveillance and censorship. Vince Miller’s book questions this agenda and is an excellent work for understanding how to use philosophical thought for the analysis of ethics, privacy and disclosure in this turbulent world of the Internet in the information society. It shows how to come to grips with the contested relationship between online freedom and control.“ - 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 ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- 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
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First edition published 2016
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Discussions about the contemporary online world are often in a one-dimensional manner shaped by moral panics about online trolling, cyberbullying, cybercrime, terrorists online, etc. The associated right-wing extremist agenda for Internet politics is about control, surveillance and censorship. Vince Miller’s book questions this agenda and is an excellent work for understanding how to use philosophical thought for the analysis of ethics, privacy and disclosure in this turbulent world of the Internet in the information society. It shows how to come to grips with the contested relationship between online freedom and control.
Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster, Author of Social Media: A Critical Introdution
This book addresses a gap in the market, in that it offers a much-needed, theoretically-driven reflection on the nature and experience of online communication. It promises a significant contribution.
Majid Yar, University of Hull
In his unfaltering cyber-skepticism, Vincent Miller provides a welcome ethical and philosophical critique of the drawbacks of our contemporary digital existence. Remaining vigilant about how digital technologies inherently objectify the social itself, he calls for both reclaiming the value of embodied presence and for rights for our distributed selves. This is a timely and provocative book on the impasses of our imperiled digital human condition, but it also offers a long overdue ethics for networked humankind.
Amanda Lagerkvist, Wallenberg Academy Fellow and Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies, Stockholm University
In the context of globalization, the internet and social media, presence has returned as an important term for social science and cultural studies. This book explores a key concept for our generation. Now that we have a distributed presence in digital networks, this is no longer just a topic for philosophers. We are turned into abstract avatars and data profiles. Presence covers a range of social issues around care, intimacy, relationships, privacy, local versus global, [Page vi]and the felt impact and “reach” of cyber bullies as much as state surveillance. Presence was once the hallmark of face-to-face interaction, but now we have to learn to deal with timeless forms of presence thanks to online photos, profiles, and information unwittingly made public.
Rob Shields, University of Alberta
ABOUT THE AUTHOR[Page viii]
Vincent Miller is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Cultural Studies at the University of Kent, where he has research interests in the fields of digital culture and urban sociology. His previous book, Understanding Digital Culture, is also published by SAGE.
I would like to thank Majid Yar, Chris Shilling, Dave Boothroyd, Kate Matthews, Johnny Ilan, Christian Fuchs, Ondine Park, Rob Shields, Gus Harding, Dave Yates, Phil Carney, Keith Hayward, for either comments on previous drafts of this book, academic support, or general emotional well-being.[Page x]