This volume illuminates the complexity of our modern era, exploring how society can leverage exciting new opportunities whilst recognizing the complex challenges we face in a time of constant change. It helps us understand how we have come to this point and where we may be going so that we may study the opportunities and the dangers, the chances and the risks, that digital media pose in our quest for some version of «the good life».
Chapter Three: Eudaimonia: Mobile Communication and Social Flourishing
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Mobile Communication and Social Flourishing
RICH LINGNANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, SINGAPORE
The ancient Greek concept of eudaimonia is translated as well-being, flourishing, or “the good life.” It is the pursuit of satisfaction that goes beyond the hedonic physical pleasure of an individual. It is the use of self-discipline and prudence to achieve satisfaction that comes from practicing virtues and doing what is worth doing. Can this concept help us understand how mobile communication affects the lives of people and the structure of the societies they live in? Does the mobile phone help people flourish, or not? Does it bring broader moral issues into focus? Further, does this concept provide us, as researchers, a different lens to consider these issues?
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