Virtually Dead: Blogospheric Absence and the Ethics of Networked Reading

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Abstract:

The Internet demands an ethics of reading that appreciates the simultaneous possibilities that we may never again hear from our interlocutors and that a new message could always be waiting. Otherwise, we risk imagining that those with whom we communicate are frozen and lifeless. In this article, the author explores one blogger's failed and successful departures from the Web and proposes that the everyday act of clicking “Refresh” constitutes an ethical engagement with our virtual interlocutors.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10714421.2011.547403

Affiliations: Office of the Associate Provosts, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada*

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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