The Crowdsourced Panopticon: Conformity and Control on Social Media

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The Crowdsourced Panopticon: Conformity and Control on Social Media

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Document Type

Book

Description

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.

ISBN

978-1-5381-4431-2

Publication Date

2-2021

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Keywords

Philosophy, Movements, Phenomenology, Ethics & Moral Philosophy

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Ethics and Political Philosophy | Philosophy

ORCID ID

0000-0001-6827-9405

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