Infinite Distraction Analysis

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Infinite Distraction… presents Dominic Pettman’s (Chair of Liberal Studies, New School for Social Research, and Professor of Culture and Media, Eugene Lang College) timely response to the twenty-first century’s growing concern that the overuse of social media may be affecting our mental health and having a negative impact on social life. Pettman’s tightly argued analysis of typical problems associated with online interactions offers an explanation of the ways, in which the new forms of communication affect our behavior, redefine our identity and restructure relationships with others. Pettman’s compact and thought-provoking book makes a significant contribution to the field of philosophy, updating the traditional philosophical discourse of…show more content…
Indeed, as Pettman draws on the findings of media ecology, philosophy and communication theory, the reader who is not familiar with the research of McLuhan, Baudrillard and Steyerl, may not be able to engage with Pettman’s observations regarding ‘the dangers of the reflex adoption of new cybernetic arrangements’ (p. 4) or a discussion of subjectivity losing its ‘scene’ and being replaced by the ‘obscene’ (p. 6) . If the author decided, if future, to unpack the context of his discourse instead of presenting it concisely format (in the second edition, perhaps), the book would have to grow significantly in…show more content…
Moreover, if we realize, following Steel, that instead of making us feel less alone, participation in social media interactions eventually makes us ‘feel a stronger rebound loneliness’ (p. 32), some of us may decide to stop following ‘the semi-magical “lives of others”’ (p. 57). Equally, having familiarized ourselves with Steyerl’s arguments, we may begin to resist ‘the tsunami of stock images’ (p. 128) that depict flawlessly Photoshopped individuals, which substitute real, flawed humans and overshadow our own and other people’s real

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