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ISBN 978-0-8126-9651-6


263 pages

(Fall 08)

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iPod and Philosophy

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Edited by D. E. Wittkower
Vol. 34 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

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"The iPod is a potent symbol of change in the way we create and consume media, and we’re still struggling to figure out what it will mean. iPod and Philosophy tackles the deep questions raised by the little white earbuds we’ve all been listening to, with a refreshingly diverse and engaging range of voices. My only question is: when will it be available as an audio book?"

—Hugh McGuire, Founder of and

"Brilliant and whimsical in turn, this volume entertains, instructs, and, above all, expands the imagination. It demonstrates the power of disciplined thought to shed light on some of our most widespread and fascinating practices."

—John Lachs, author of The Cost of Comfort

"iPod and Philosophy is an addictive read and a monumental undertaking— theorizing the humble iPod, a ubiquitous teenage prosthesis, as a moment of fast capitalism that keeps getting faster. This fascinating volume brings together young and older minds who consider the impact of rapid information, communication, and entertainment technologies on self, society, and culture in the twenty-first century."

—Ben Agger, author of The Virtual Self

"The iPod is changing our relationship to music, but also to the spoken word, personal space, and design, and the iPod aesthetic is beginning to affect our expectations of education, community, and engagement. iPod and Philosophy brings real thought to these avenues and more!"

—Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody

"Each chapter in iPod and Philosophy is a philosophical meditation on how iPodders have found the device and its new embedded economy and society to be a truly significant change in their everyday lives. The iPod brings many new twists in the technological sublime to contemporary human-machine interactions, and this book sheds light on all of them."

—Timothy W. Luke, author of Screens of Power: Ideology, Domination, and Resistance in Informational Society

Dylan E. Wittkower teaches Philosophy at Coastal Carolina University and studies the ways technology impacts creative communities. He has recorded numerous philosophy texts, which may be downloaded at

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