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Humanist Archives: June 27, 2019, 2:36 p.m. Humanist 33.113 - fake people

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 113.
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        Date: 2019-06-26 16:48:48+00:00
        From: vzafrin@bu.edu
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.111: fake people

James O'Sullivan asks, perhaps in jest:

Are any "influencers" real people?

My surprisingly serious answer is yes, which I mention here because university
students are encouraged and practically trained by both commercial enterprises
and their own institutions to be influencers:


However we feel about that, for those of us working in higher ed this is a
reality of our local communities, and influencers (a word that makes me break
out in hives) are very much not fake people. From that perspective, I would
question Henry Schaffer's "maelstrom of deception" phrasing and dig deeper into
the role and extent of individual agency in shaping an influencer.

Humanities, indeed,


Dr. Vika Zafrin
Digital Scholarship Librarian
Boston University
+1 617.358.6370 | bu.edu/disc

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