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[ecrea] New book: Disconnect. Facebook's Affective Bonds (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)

Tue Oct 30 14:58:17 GMT 2018

An urgent examination of the threat posed to social media by user
disconnection, and the measures websites will take to prevent it

DISCONNECT: Facebook's Affective Bonds
By Tero Karppi
University of Minnesota Press | 192 pages | October 2018
ISBN 978-1-5179-0307-7 | paper
ISBN 978-1-5179-0306-0 | cloth

Pointing out that platforms like Facebook see disconnection as an
existential threat—and have undertaken wide-ranging efforts to
eliminate it—Tero Karppi argues that users’ ability to control their
digital lives is gradually dissipating. Karppi’s focus on the
difficulty of disconnection, rather than the ease of connection,
reveals how social media has come to dominate human relations.


Tero Karppi is assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He
teaches in the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and
Technology and in the Faculty of Information.

"Through its clever structure, Disconnect affectively lures the reader
as Tero Karppi tells a convincing story of how social media sets the
tone, mood, and modality of our everyday existence. Compellingly
written, this is a must-read modern tale of engagement and
disconnection." —Zizi Papacharissi, author of Affective Publics:
Sentiment, Technology, and Politics

"Disconnect is a timely, theoretically rich assessment of Facebook as
platform and assemblage. Rhetorics of connectivity dominate Silicon
Valley, and Tero Karppi helps illuminate and describe the complex,
flickering patterns of connection and disconnection that envelop the
networked users of such platforms. This is a valuable, accessible
guide to the politics and poetics of Facebook." —Amit Ray, Rochester
Institute of Technology

"Disconnect could not have come at a more important time. Tero
Karppi’s nuanced writing brings out the rich complexities of social
media life and disconnection. This must-read book shows that walking
away may not remove Facebook’s presence in our lives, but it reveals
the limits of social media in our world and the business models that
are built to keep us connected." —Jason Farman, author of Delayed
Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World

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