The Everyday Freedoms of Technology Use
This chapter focuses on the world of digital dwelling. It assesses how virtual space enlarges but also condenses the spaces and temporalities of everyday life. It analyzes what it is like being online with young people, the middle-aged, and the elderly. The chapter also examines how school humiliations are offset by international sniper games, differences and similarities between the world of marbles and the world of Facebook, and how internet shopping might constitute an antidote to a life otherwise plagued by agoraphobia. The chapter provides a response to Martin Heidegger's deep concerns over how people's dependence on technology strips away not only their agency but their very humanity. It also examines both the dangers and the promises of traversing through virtual spaces, directing on the ways that Czechs' lives are now punctuated with small freedoms that may or may not offset the challenges of living in a world radically transformed by the use of technology.
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