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postgraduate thesis: Selfhood 2.0 : an exploration of the Buddhist concept of anattā in the age of social media

TitleSelfhood 2.0 : an exploration of the Buddhist concept of anattā in the age of social media
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Dean, M. T.. (2015). Selfhood 2.0 : an exploration of the Buddhist concept of anattā in the age of social media. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5565709
AbstractThe ubiquitous stream of digital innovations today offers unprecedented opportunities to create and convey multiple forms of self-identity. Within this ever-shifting landscape, individuals are inundated with messages inexorably linking technological advancements with self-branding. While modern innovations in digital communications have indeed been revolutionary, there is growing evidence to suggest that such progress does not come without human costs. As communication technology normalizes 24/7 hyper-connectivity, a “paradox of progress” is emerging as individuals experience a dramatic rise in social dislocation and isolation. Much of the literature to date exploring the interface between self-identity and digital media has focused primarily on the psychological, cultural and social implications of technology, with little to no research addressing the spiritual repercussions of these new technologies. In an attempt to fill this research gap, this dissertation expands the current dialogue to include alternative ways for organizing and gaging how we attach to and define identity. In particular, this dissertation filters modern theoretical perspectives of self identity through the ancient Buddhist doctrine of anattā. In doing so, this research not only offers new pathways for expanding current readings of how individuals navigate the vast and fluctuating digital landscape, but also offers unique opportunities to empirically apply a number of Buddhist precepts central to the doctrine of anatt ā.
DegreeMaster of Buddhist Studies
SubjectSelf
Buddhism - Doctrines
Anatman
Dept/ProgramBuddhist Studies
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219925

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorDean, Mary Therese-
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-02T23:16:29Z-
dc.date.available2015-10-02T23:16:29Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationDean, M. T.. (2015). Selfhood 2.0 : an exploration of the Buddhist concept of anattā in the age of social media. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5565709-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219925-
dc.description.abstractThe ubiquitous stream of digital innovations today offers unprecedented opportunities to create and convey multiple forms of self-identity. Within this ever-shifting landscape, individuals are inundated with messages inexorably linking technological advancements with self-branding. While modern innovations in digital communications have indeed been revolutionary, there is growing evidence to suggest that such progress does not come without human costs. As communication technology normalizes 24/7 hyper-connectivity, a “paradox of progress” is emerging as individuals experience a dramatic rise in social dislocation and isolation. Much of the literature to date exploring the interface between self-identity and digital media has focused primarily on the psychological, cultural and social implications of technology, with little to no research addressing the spiritual repercussions of these new technologies. In an attempt to fill this research gap, this dissertation expands the current dialogue to include alternative ways for organizing and gaging how we attach to and define identity. In particular, this dissertation filters modern theoretical perspectives of self identity through the ancient Buddhist doctrine of anattā. In doing so, this research not only offers new pathways for expanding current readings of how individuals navigate the vast and fluctuating digital landscape, but also offers unique opportunities to empirically apply a number of Buddhist precepts central to the doctrine of anatt ā.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.lcshSelf-
dc.subject.lcshBuddhism - Doctrines-
dc.subject.lcshAnatman-
dc.titleSelfhood 2.0 : an exploration of the Buddhist concept of anattā in the age of social media-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5565709-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Buddhist Studies-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineBuddhist Studies-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-

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