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978-0-7391-8927-6 • Hardback • February 2015 • $102.00 • (£78.00)
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Berrin A. Beasley is associate professor of communication at the University of North Florida.
Mitchell Haney is associate professor of philosophy and co-director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at the University of North Florida.
1 The Social Media Paradox, Ken Gilroy
2 Eudaimonia or Eudaim[a]nia: Finding the Golden Mean in Social Media Use, Katherine Brittain Richardson
3 Friendship on Facebook, Paul Bloomfield
4 The Duplicity of Online Behavior, Joseph Ulatowski
5 For Better or For Worse: Social Media’s Influence on Individual Well-being, Pamela A. Zeiser and Berrin A. Beasley
6 Memes and the Community of Sanity, Mitchell R. Haney
7 Living Well with a Foot in Each World, Deni Elliott and Frederick R. Carlson
8 Serving the Market or the Marketplace? The Business and Ethics of Social Media, Alan B. Albarran and Mitchell R. Haney
9 Perspectives from China: Social Media and Living Well in a Chinese Context, Sarah Mattice
Beasley and Haney gather philosophers, communication scholars, and a corporate executive to discuss the impact of social media on well-being, broadly defined. The opening essays paint a dark picture, suggesting that social media corrode social bonds; encourage manic and unbridled emotional outbursts; devalue human friendships; and encourage deception. Later essays offer similar concerns, perhaps best summed up by a pair of statements in chapter 9: 'social media [are] generally a second-best way of interacting with others' and 'engaging in social media while attempting to live a certain kind of [good] life comes with specific cautions.' . . . .An accessible read, the book is intended to provoke audiences into considering the impact of their digital social presence. . . .Summing Up: . . . Graduate students, researchers, professionals, general readers.
— Choice Reviews
We all want to live the good life, but living well starts to look different when we increasingly live through our devices and on our screens. What counts as being a happy and ethical person in the age of social media? How is a technologically mediated community or marketplace ethically different from those we inhabit face to face? Is an online deception is really a lie? Do internet memes create new stereotypes that undermine our ability to respect other members of society? Does a community of online friends and followers change the very nature of friendship? In Social Media and Living Well, Beasley and Haney collect nine thought-provoking attempts to consider questions like these. Policy makers, students of philosophy, and those who work in technology and media will all benefit from the opportunity this accessible and compact volume provides to learn how to think more clearly about our place in the digital world and about how to live with character when we increasingly have only 140 characters to work with.
— Robert Barnard, University of Mississippi