A Philosopher Looks at Digital Communication

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2022.08.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews

Onora O’Neill, A Philosopher Looks at Digital Communication, Cambridge University Press, 2022, 150pp., $12.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781108986816.

Reviewed by Mathias Risse, Harvard University

Published by Cambridge University Press, the A-Philosopher-Looks-At-Series has philosophers explore phenomena that are of broad interest and do so in a way that reflects both the authors’ philosophical outlook and their personal interests. Digital technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, for better and for worse—and so digital communication is clearly a suitable subject for this series. Onora O’Neill has not only built a distinguished career in philosophy but has done so as an astute observer of human affairs. So she is an immensely suitable author to offer her thoughts on this subject. The book’s main achievements are taking stock of the vexing features of digital communication (that the ease with which digital content can be copied and sent around all by itself…

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