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The Crowdsourced Panopticon: Conformity and Control on Social Media

The Crowdsourced Panopticon: Conformity and Control on Social Media

by Jeremy Weissman
The Crowdsourced Panopticon: Conformity and Control on Social Media

The Crowdsourced Panopticon: Conformity and Control on Social Media

by Jeremy Weissman

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Overview

Behind the omnipresent screens of our laptops and smartphones, a digitally networked public has quickly grown larger than the population of any nation on Earth. On the flipside, in front of the ubiquitous recording devices that saturate our lives, individuals are hyper-exposed through a worldwide online broadcast that encourages the public to watch, judge, rate, and rank people's lives. The interplay of these two forces - the invisibility of the anonymous crowd and the exposure of the individual before that crowd - is a central focus of this book. Informed by critiques of conformity and mass media by some of the greatest philosophers of the past two centuries, as well as by a wide range of historical and empirical studies, Weissman helps shed light on what may happen when our lives are increasingly broadcast online for everyone all the time, to be judged by the global community.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538174098
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/13/2022
Pages: 158
Sales rank: 856,316
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Weissman is assistant professor in philosophy at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Conformity 1. The Human Animal in Civilized Society 2. Social Media as an Escape from Freedom 3. Meaninglessness in the Present Age Part II: Control 4. The Spectacular Power of the Public 5. 'P2P' Surveillance and Control 6. The Net of Noramlization Part III: Resistance 7. Freedom from the Public Eye 8. Strategies of Resistance Bibliography Index

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