9780415282819

Email and Ethics: Style and Ethical Relations in Computer-Mediated Communications

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415282819

  • ISBN10:

    0415282810

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-10-18
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

InE-mail and Ethics, Emma Rooksby explores the ways in which interpersonal relations are affected by being conducted via computer-mediated communication. For over a decade, computer-mediated communication has been available as institutional and personal communication technology, and it has been becoming more widely available ever since its inception. It is often considered to be an efficient, productive and cost-effective form of communication, and it is claimed to bring many social and personal benefits in fields ranging from political action and formation of friendships, to therapeutic discussion and education access. The advent of this channel of communication has prompted a renewed investigation into the nature and value of forms of human association. Rooksby addresses these concerns in her rigorous investigation of the benefits, limitations and implications of computer-mediated communication. With its depth of research and clarity of style, this book will be of essentialinterest to philosophers, scholars of communication, cultural and media studies, and those interested in the importance and implications of computer-mediated communication.

Author Biography

Emma Rooksby is Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1(1)
Reach 2(2)
Textuality 4(2)
Structure of the book 6(2)
Summary 8(1)
Style and ethics
9(30)
Introduction
9(1)
An expressive theory of style
10(5)
Intersubjectivity of style
15(6)
A topography of style
21(13)
Textuality and style: CMC
34(2)
Conclusions: the ethics of understanding
36(3)
Empathy in computer-mediated communication
39(32)
Introduction
39(2)
Attunement and attention
41(3)
A phenomenological account of empathy
44(10)
Limits to empathy
54(4)
Language and empathy
58(4)
Empathy and writing
62(8)
Conclusions
70(1)
Affect and action in CMC
71(31)
Introduction: style revisited
71(2)
The hermeneutic gap: does textuality allow dialogue?
73(12)
Words and actions: text acts with CMCs
85(15)
Conclusions
100(2)
Technical constraints on CMC
102(35)
Introduction
102(2)
Machine-dependence
104(5)
Temporality: synchronous text and asynchronous conversation
109(6)
Textuality
115(11)
Place and CMC
126(9)
Conclusions
135(2)
Computer-mediated friendship
137(34)
Introduction
137(1)
Friendship and personal relations
138(1)
Companionable friendship: Aristotle
139(8)
Friendship in letters: Erasmus
147(10)
Contemporary feminist accounts of friendship
157(6)
CMC friendship
163(5)
Conclusions
168(3)
Politics and CMC
171(29)
Introduction
171(1)
Political and personal relations
172(8)
Habermas's ideal speech situation and on-line politics
180(13)
CMC politics: strengths and uses
193(6)
Conclusions
199(1)
Conclusion 200(4)
Notes 204(35)
Bibliography 239(16)
Index 255

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