“Conversation of Mankind” or “idle talk”?: a pragmatist approach to Social Networking Sites [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethics and Information Technology 12 (2):195-206 (2010)
What do Social Networking Sites (SNS) ‘do to us’: are they a damning threat or an emancipating force? Recent publications on the impact of “Web 2.0” proclaim very opposite evaluative positions. With the aim of finding a middle ground, this paper develops a pragmatist approach to SNS based on the work of Richard Rorty. The argument proceeds in three steps. First, we analyze SNS as conversational practices. Second, we outline, in the form of an imaginary conversation between Rorty and Heidegger, a positive and negative ‘conversational’ view on SNS. Third, we deploy a reflection, again using Rortian notions, on that evaluation, starting from the concept of ‘self-reflectivity.’ Finally, the relations between these three steps are more detailedly investigated. By way of the sketched technique, we can interrelate the two opposing sides of the recent debates—hope and threat—and judge SNS in all their ambiguity
|Keywords||Philosophy of technology Social Networking Ethics Pragmatism Richard Rorty Martin Heidegger|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Hans-Georg Gadamer (2004). Truth and Method. Continuum.
John Dewey (2008). Experience and Nature. McCutchen Pr.
R. Rorty (1981). Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. Princeton University Press.
Richard Rorty (1989). Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity. Cambridge University Press.
Martin Heidegger (1962). Being and Time. London, Scm Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Jessica Ringrose (2011). Beyond Discourse? Using Deleuze and Guattari's Schizoanalysis to Explore Affective Assemblages, Heterosexually Striated Space, and Lines of Flight Online and at School. Educational Philosophy and Theory 43 (6):598-618.
Shannon Vallor (2010). Social Networking Technology and the Virtues. Ethics and Information Technology 12 (2):157-170.
Soraj Hongladarom (2011). Personal Identity and the Self in the Online and Offline World. Minds and Machines 21 (4):533-548.
Robert B. Talisse (2011). Toward a New Pragmatist Politics. Metaphilosophy 42 (5):552-571.
Jack Bilmes (2011). Occasioned Semantics: A Systematic Approach to Meaning in Talk. [REVIEW] Human Studies 34 (2):129-153.
Gordon Hull, Heather Richter Lipford & Celine Latulipe (2011). Contextual Gaps: Privacy Issues on Facebook. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 13 (4):289-302.
Leigh A. Clark & Sherry J. Roberts (2010). Employer's Use of Social Networking Sites: A Socially Irresponsible Practice. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 95 (4):507 - 525.
James L. Parrish (2010). PAPA Knows Best: Principles for the Ethical Sharing of Information on Social Networking Sites. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 12 (2):187-193.
William P. Smith (2008). You've Been Tagged! (Then Again, Maybe Not). Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 19:35-42.
Added to index2010-05-07
Total downloads31 ( #128,641 of 1,907,219 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #467,610 of 1,907,219 )
How can I increase my downloads?