Who Should We Be Online?: A Social Epistemology for the Internet


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.45 X 9.31 X 0.94 inches | 1.23 pounds
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About the Author

Karen Frost-Arnold is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Her research focuses on the philosophy of the internet, the epistemology and ethics of trust, social epistemology, philosophy of science, and feminist philosophy.


"Karen Frost-Arnold's clear, engaging, rigorous, and broadly informed book is a vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the human condition in the digital age. The book provides an epistemology of the internet through an anti-oppressive lens, introducing us to a cast of characters who have emerged recently but who fundamentally shape how and what we know. But the book is also much more than a work of epistemology; it is an existential examination of who and what technologically mediated selves are" -- Quill R. Kukla, author of City Living: How Urban Spaces and Urban Dwellers Make One Another

"Who Should We be Online? is an illuminating, timely, and essential treatment of the epistemology of the internet. Using both vivid examples and sophisticated theoretical tools, Karen Frost-Arnold sheds much-needed light on a host of crucial topics, including imposters, tricksters, fake news, and lurking. A must-read on the perils and promise of the internet" -- Kate Manne, author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny and Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women

"Our online life doesn't escape the injustices of the offline world; indeed, as Karen Frost-Arnold shows in this arresting and carefully argued new book, it deepens them. Bringing the skills of a first-rate feminist philosopher to the problems of our digital age, this book provides us with a new socially situated internet epistemology" -- Michael Patrick Lynch, author of The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

"Karen Frost-Arnold, in her important and meticulously argued new book, offers a major contribution to researchers of online life across social scientific and humanistic inquiry - and keenly bridges the two. She provides us with an entirely new toolkit and philosophical framework for understanding. For anyone interested in the motivations and (self-) conceptions of those who make up the internet of people, this book is a must-read." -- Prof. Sarah T. Roberts, author of Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media