I teach courses on philosophy of technology at Old Dominion University, and write on technology, digital culture, ethics, business, and the philosophy of everyday life and popular culture. I also freelance for Speakeasy, culture blog of the Wall Street Journal, and Slate's Future Tense.
D.E. Wittkower received a Ph.D in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2006. His training concentrated on German philosophy and the history of value theory (ethics, aesthetics, social/political philosophy). His research has concentrated on Philosophy of Technology and Applied Philosophy—exploring the intersection of New Media Theory, Political Philosophy, Ethics, and 19th and 20th century Continental and American philosophy. Prior to accepting the position of Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University, he taught at Coastal Carolina University, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Tech, University of Missouri - St. Louis, and University of Maine - Orono. He is Phi Beta Kappa, and was given the 2011 Award for Distinguished Teaching by the CCU College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Current research concentrates on Facebook, personal relationships, and community, with some additional projects underway on kickstarter, new media pedagogy, the value of boredom, and the strange prominence of bacon in online culture. Recent publications concern topics including Philip K. Dick, the phenomenology of audiobook listening, the role of the cute in digital culture, and copyright in e-business.
In addition to the books listed here, he has contributed to *The Unlike Us Reader* (Institute of Network Cultures, 2013), *Putting Knowledge to Work and Letting Information Play* (Springer, 2012), *Applying Care Ethics to Business* (Springer, forthcoming 2011), *Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies* (Routledge, 2011), *Learning Through Digital Media (Institute for Distributed Creativity, 2011), *Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy* (Open Court, 2011), *Anime and Philosophy* (Open Court, 2010), *Ethical Issues in E-Business* (IGI Global, 2010), and *Radiohead and Philosophy* (Open Court, 2009); and author of articles appearing in *Techné*, *International Review of Information Ethics*, *APA Newsletter on Computers and Philosophy*, *Social Identities*, and *Fast Capitalism*.