De virtuele verschuiving

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De virtuele verschuiving

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: De virtuele verschuiving
Author: Heesakkers, Johannes
Issue Date: 2019-01-31
Keywords: Virtual
Social Media
Social Contact
Abstract: This essay discusses the process of virtualization and the increasing virtualization of social contact. More understanding of this topic is important because the effects of virtualization on human interactions are easily overlooked. First, Lévy’s definition of virtualization is presented to emphasize its liberating advantages. Then, Baricco’s conception of the ‘barbaric mutation’, which I think shows quite some similarities with virtualization, is introduced to elaborate on the disadvantages of this development. Dating-application Tinder is used as a case study to better understand and value these pros and cons. This ultimately leads to the idea that the virtualization of social interactions will increase, and I argue that we should be watchful for the diminuition of primary experience and a decrease in purposiveness.
Supervisor: Sleutels, Jan
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Wijsbegeerte (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Filosofie van mens, techniek en cultuur
ECTS Credits: 10

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