From “Being Tethered” to “Going Unplugged”

Media Addiction and the Role of Unplugging as a Transformative Tool of Digital Literacy

Authored by: Roman Gerodimos

International Handbook of Media Literacy Education

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138645493
eBook ISBN: 9781315628110
Adobe ISBN: 9781317240068

10.4324/9781315628110.ch23

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Abstract

We are tethered to our “always-on/always-on-us” communications devices and the people and things we reach through them: people, web pages, voice-mail, artificial intelligences (non-player game characters, interactive online “bots”). Animate and inanimate, they live for us through our tethering devices, always ready-to-mind and hand. The self, now attached to its devices, occupies a liminal space between the physical real and its lives on the screen

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