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Social Media and Morality
Losing our Self Control


  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316616574

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About the Authors
  • Is social media changing who we are? We assume social media is only a tool for our modern day communications and interactions, but is it quietly changing our identities and how we see the world and one another? Our current debate about the human behaviors behind social media misses the important effects these social networking technologies are having on our sense of shared morality and rationality. There has been much concern about the loss of privacy and anonymity in the Information Age, but little attention has been paid to the consequences and effects of social media and the behavior they engender on the Internet. In order to understand how social media influences our morality, Lisa S. Nelson suggests a new methodological approach to social media and its effect on society. Instead of beginning with the assumption that we control our use of social media, this book considers how the phenomenological effects of social media influences our actions, decisions, and, ultimately, who we are and who we become. This important study will inform a new direction in policy and legal regulation for these increasingly important technologies.

    • Assesses the moral significance of social media and will appeal to those who want to understand how social media influences our morality
    • Provides a new methodological approach to social media and its influences, enabling readers to better understand how our usual legal and policy solutions do not fit social media well
    • Explains and illustrates how a post-phenomenological approach can help to explain how we perceive moral responsibility differently when we are online
    • Readers will understand how time consciousness, personal identity and causation are affected by the mediating effects of social media
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    'This ground-breaking book lays bare a new space for reflection and critique in our digital culture. By addressing how social media and networking technologies embody and influence moral frameworks and experiences, Lisa S. Nelson takes the current discussion on digital technologies beyond issues of privacy and control. Social Media and Morality is a much needed expansion and enrichment of the ethical discussion in our digital society.' Peter-Paul Verbeek, University of Twente

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316616574
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The political significance of social media and the limits of our understanding
    3. The moral significance of social networking technologies
    4. Why we do what we do
    5. Time consciousness and the specious present of social media
    6. Pretty is as pretty does
    7. Revealing the moral self in the context of us

  • Author

    Lisa S. Nelson, University of Pittsburgh
    Lisa S. Nelson is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and is a former appointee with the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Professor Nelson is a National Science Foundation award recipient, a MacArthur grant recipient, and is the author of America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society (2011).

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