Breakup 2. 0 Disconnecting over New Media

ISBN-10: 0801477891

ISBN-13: 9780801477898

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ilana Gershon
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Description: A few generations ago, college students showed their romantic commitments by exchanging special objects: rings, pins, varsity letter jackets. Pins and rings were handy, telling everyone in local communities that you were spoken for, and when you broke up, the absence of a ring let everyone know you were available again. Is being Facebook official really more complicated, or are status updates just a new version of these old tokens?Many people are now fascinated by how new media has affected the intricacies of relationships and their dissolution. People often talk about Facebook and Twitter as platforms that have led to a seismic shift in transparency and (over)sharing. What are the new rules for breaking up? These rules are argued over and mocked in venues from the New York Times to lamebook.com, but well-thought-out and informed considerations of the topic are rare.Ilana Gershon was intrigued by the degree to which her students used new media to communicate important romantic information—such as "it's over." She decided to get to the bottom of the matter by interviewing seventy-two people about how they use Skype, texting, voice mail, instant messaging, Facebook, and cream stationery to end relationships. She opens up the world of romance as it is conducted in a digital milieu, offering insights into the ways in which different media influence behavior, beliefs, and social mores. Above all, this full-fledged ethnography of Facebook and other new tools is about technology and communication, but it also tells the reader a great deal about what college students expect from each other when breaking up—and from their friends who are the spectators or witnesses to the ebb and flow of their relationships. The Breakup 2.0 is accessible and riveting.

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Ilana Gershon is Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. She is the author of A World of Work: Imagined Manuals for Real Jobs , The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media and No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora, all from Cornell.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover: Media Ideologies and Idioms of Practice
E-mail My Heart: The Structure of Technology and Heartache
Remediation and Heartache
How Do You Know?
Breaking Up in a Public
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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