1.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly poor discussion of the issues, 28 Oct. 2013
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'.