Stephen Downes

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Lucy Osler offers a useful counterpoint to many of the anti-online arguments being offered these days.  "This paper serves not only to show that empathy (a notion at the heart of the phenomenology of sociality) takes place online but opens the door to a rich array of phenomenological investigations in relation to our experiences online." The paper offers a good discussion of the history and theory of empathy, noting that "we can empathetically perceive others ‘at a distance’ from their physical bodies." It then looks at online empathy from the perspective of technologically mediated interactions (eg., a video call) and from the feeling evoked by text. Image: Verywell.

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