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LIVING WELL WITH TECHNOLOGY

Philosophising about Digital Well-Being

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Reimagining Digital Well-Being

Challenges for Human Flourishing in Online Environments

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TECHNOLOGIES OF PROSPECTION

Predicting the Future of Human Beings and Humanity

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Ethics of Self-Cultivation

Understanding self-directed character change

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ONLINE CELEBRITY

Using x-phi to understand digital fame and influence


Opinion Articles

OPINION: "Digital Technologies & the Power of Online Celebrities." (2021)
Eton Journal for Innovation & Research in Education, Eton College, Windsor, UK.

Digital technologies are changing many aspects of the educational environment. Given the pace of technological change, it is easy to get distracted by how emerging technologies are transforming how we educate children and young people, as well as how they are educating themselves. Smartphones inside (or outside) of the classroom, online proctoring, gamified learning activities, unlimited educational content (podcasts, videos, or virtual assistant teachers), and the ability to ask Google anything in real-time have transformed education in ways that few could even imagine a decade ago. These changes should not be underestimated. Nevertheless, it is vital to recognise that online technologies are changing the purposes of education too. This article examines the extent to which social media provides the conditions for children and young people become socially and politically active, and how online celebrities and influencers can help them do this.

Open access article available here.
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