Tales from Facebook
April 2011, Polity
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- This is a highly original book about Facebook Ð now one of the most-visited sites on the web. Facebook is now used by nearly 500 million people throughout the world, many of whom spend several hours a day on this site.
- Tales from Facebook explores the ways in which people use Facebook in their everyday lives. It shows that the uses and consequences of Facebook are much more complicated than is commonly assumed: people can and do use Facebook to find and cultivate relationships, but it can also be instrumental in breaking up marriages, intruding on privacy and creating scandal.
- At a time when many people assume that community is in decline, Facebook has suddenly greatly expanded social relationships, demonstrating the truth of one of the fundamental tenets of anthropology Ð that individuals have always been social networking sites.
- Daniel Miller is one of the world’s leading anthropologists and he is able to write very accessibly for a wide readership. His previous books, including The Comfort of Things and Stuff, are highly successful and have been widely reviewed in the national press.