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Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age (Framing 21st Century Social Issues) [Paperback]

Ben Agger
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5 Mar 2012 0415509122 978-0415509121

People ‘overshare’ when they interact with others through the screens of computers and smartphones. Oversharing means to divulge more of their inner feelings, opinions and sexuality than they would in person, or even over the phone. Text messaging, Facebooking, tweeting, camming, blogging, online dating, and internet porn are vehicles of this oversharing, which blurs the boundary between public and private life. This book examines these ‘presentations of self’, acknowledging that we are now much more public about what used to be private. The book concludes with reflections on the impact of oversharing on identity, friendship, sexuality, family and democracy, and suggests steps people can take to re-establish the boundary between public and personal life.


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  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (5 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415509122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415509121
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,056,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben Agger is Professor of Sociology and Humanities and Director of the Center for Theory at the University of Texas at Arlington. He works in critical theory and media/cultural studies. Among his recent books are Body Problems: Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society and, with Tim Luke, A Journal of No Illusions: Telos, Paul Piccone and the Americanization of Critical Theory. He edits the journal Fast Capitalism, which can be found at www.fastcapitalism.com.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful in academic research 14 May 2014
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I came here to find some interesting theories I could pull apart for my literature review and was sourly disappointed. This is nothing more than a book of opinions and doesn't tackle the issue of identity within social media to a satisfying extent at all.

If you want to use this for your research - don't bother wasting your time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly poor discussion of the issues 28 Oct 2013
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Whilst reading this book I kept wondering why on earth Routledge, a respected academic publisher, had accepted it. Aside from the complete absense of an academic tone, the book is astonishingly badly written, and reminded me of undergraduate dissertations I have been marking. One sentence often fails to lead on from the next, statements are made but not supported, and Agger sometimes directly contradicts what he has just said.

The continual referencing of the author's past and friends he knows, as well as his personal likes and dislikes are just irrelevant, but used as evidence. The section on pornography displays a disarming lack of research, coupled with a rather puerile discussion of erections and shaved women's genitals. There is a definite sense of author bias against his subjects, which he rather revealingly always refers to as 'she' - demonstrating a definitely gendered view of who is committing the faux pas he so detests.

As a researcher of social media, I really was left dumbfounded by this book, and by its rambling, its ranting and its maxims for living without 'over sharing'.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a research-based book 4 Dec 2013
By Jill Walker Rettberg - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm surprised that Routledge published this book. Agger brags that he was only briefly on Facebook, has barely looked at Twitter, and doesn't cite any of the excellent research done on social media and presentations of self online over the last couple of decades. The closest he gets is to mention the title of Turkle's "Alone Together" as proof of our solitude. This is supposed to be part of Routledge's "readable, teachable "thinking frames" on today’s social problems and social issues by leading scholars, all in short 60 page or shorter formats", which is a nice idea, but only if the "thinking frames" have some foundation in actual research on and knowledge of the field they're writing about. Aggers frequently makes all-encompassing claims, comparisons and coins new terms without backing up his arguments - for instance on p 31: "Every woman alive knows that every man wants one thing and only one thing— sex!". I see another reviewer appreciated the approachable style of writing, but it seems more careless than friendly to me, with lots of exclamation marks, as when he writes that people share information on Facebook with all the world: "Well, actually not all the world but only their “friends,” of which one of my former friends has over 1,000! I had 43 FB friends, having been dragged into this folly by some of my students who want me to be cool and connected!" The discussion questions at the end of each chapter make it look like a textbook, but the questions will in no way encourage students to engage in critical thought or to use theory or empirical data to deepen their understanding of their use of social media: "Why is Facebook so addictive?! Do you know many people not on Facebook?" How could Routledge's copy editor have allowed Agger to keep that "?!" in an academic book?
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1.0 out of 5 stars The author "overshares" his opinions as if they are facts... 2 Dec 2013
By kristen - Published on Amazon.com
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I honestly cannot believe this work was published, especially as a peer-reviewed title from a respectable academic publisher. There is so much to critique here that I do not even know where to start, so I will skip to my main point: I assigned this in my media class as an example of A. Poor research, B. Extremely biased writing, and C. Weak, fallacy-laden arguments. Not only does the author talk to the reader like he/she is an idiot, but he also lacks any coherent structure to organize his ramblings. I would only ever use this text in a course as an example of what not to do and how not to think. There are plenty of other titles that discuss these concepts without focusing solely on the author's outdated, highly problematic, and totally out-of-touch ideas.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help In Understanding You and the Internet 16 Oct 2012
By Rona B. Subotnik - Published on Amazon.com
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Oversharing is an excellent book and the only one that I could find to help me understand the many and complicated aspects of Internet use for the book I am writing. The author presents his knowledge and research in a very pleasant way-as though he were speaking directly to you. The information is valuable and I don't know where else you would find subjects like social media, on-line dating, pornography, and the vocabulary with the negative and positive sides prsented. Every parent of a teenagers should read this as well as every user of the Internet and its offshoots like phone and smartphones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read 17 Jan 2013
By TJ - Published on Amazon.com
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Great read (was required for school) but I am enjoying the book even outside of class! Opens the eyes to reconsider the connection to the outside world.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 1 Jan 2013
By rod - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very disappointed with this book. The material in this book is very unprofessional and the in-depth, detailed discussion of pornographic material is offensive! If you purchase this book expecting an academic and professional discussion of social media, you may be disappointed. The author could have clearly expressed his opinions and thoughts in a tasteful manner but he did not.
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