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Facebook is now used by nearly 500 million people throughout the world, many of whom spend several hours a day on this site. This book examines in detail how Facebook transforms the lives of particular individuals, but it also presents a general theory of Facebook as culture and considers the likely consequences of social networking in the future.
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Editorial Reviews

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"It is Miller's focus on Trinidad and his beguilingly intimatestyle of writing that makes this work special. Prepare to have yourexpectations confounded."
The Age

"A very welcome and distinctive contribution to what iscurrently a small body of work on emerging online socialnetworks."
LSEPolitics Blog

"With social media playing an increasingly dominant role in ourlives, it was about time somebody undertook a serious academicstudy of the way the Facebook phenomenon is changing and shapingbehaviour...Whatever your feelings about the ever-present Facebook,Twitter etc, they are here to stay, so this book is an intriguingguide to as-yet uncharted territory."
TheStyle King

"Miller has written an insightful and engaging look at whatFacebook has done to Trinidad and, more intriguingly, what Trinidadis doing to Facebook. For anyone keen to understand what humanculture is becoming as the internet becomes its nearly universalvehicle, Tales from Facebook is obligatory reading."
Julian Dibbell, contributing editor for Wired magazine andauthor of My Tiny Life and Play Money"

Tales from Facebook is a genre-busting tour de force.Miller moves between fascinating stories of the often unexpectedways Trinidadians (for whom the verb 'to friend' is over a centuryold) use Facebook to thought-provoking discussions of the broadimplications of social networking sites. Readers from a wide rangeof backgrounds will find this book an insightful treasure.
"Tom Boellstorff, Professor of Anthropology, University ofCalifornia, Irvine, and author of Coming of Age in Second Life:An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745652092
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Miller is Professor of Anthropology at University College London.
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Table of Contents

1) Marriage Dun Mash Up
2) Avatar
3) For Whom the Bell Doesn't Toll
4) The Book of Truth
5) It's Who You Know
6) Community
7) Time Suck
8) Cultivating FarmVille
9) It Was Just Sex
10) Getting the Word Out
11) Picking BlackBerrys
12) The History Woman Lagniappe The Philosophy of Doubles PART TWO - The Anthropology of Facebook A) The Invention of Fasbook.
B) The Fame of Facebook.
C) 15 theses on what Facebook might just be.
Glossary and Acknowledgements
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