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ERIC Number: EJ986860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2042-7530
Is There Life after Facebook? The Cyber Gulag Revisited and Debate Reloaded
Bajrektarevic, Anis
E-Learning and Digital Media, v9 n3 p325-334 2012
Misled by a quick triumphalism of the social media, the international news agencies have confused the two: revolt and revolution. The past episodes of unrest started as a social, not a political, public revolt. Through the pain of sobriety, the protesters are learning that neither globalisation nor the McFB way of life is a shortcut to development; that free trade is not a virtue, but an instrument; that liberalism is not a state of mind but a well-doctrinated ideology; and, finally, that the social media networks are only a communication tool, not a replacement for independent critical thinking or for the collapsed cross-generational contract. Londoners, Greeks and New Yorkers are experiencing the same thing. How does the "Arab Spring" correlate with the European Euro-frost, and with American Occupy Wall Street unrest? For almost ten years now, the youth in Europe has been repeatedly sending us a powerful message about the perceived collapse of the social contract. The cross-generational contract should be neither neglected nor built on the over-consumerist, disheartened and egotistic McFB way of life. Equally alienating and dangerously inflammatory is the collision of the entering youth generation (if/when deprived of the opportunity and handed over a lame hope)--through a religious or political radicalisation. In this world spanning Kantian hopes and Hobbesian fears, thus, the final question is: "Is there life after FB? If so, how can we register our future claims?" (Contains 25 notes.)
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Language: English
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