Public Philosophy Via Facebook Check-Ins


Here’s an interesting way of using technology to bring philosophy to the people:

I would like to point out that, whenever I post [on Facebook] something explicitly philosophical, I will use “check in” at some commercial establishment, or club, or what have you. I have a reason for doing this. Whenever someone “checks in” to any establishment on FB, the platform shows that person popular posts from others who’ve checked into that same establishment. I invite you to imagine a world in which, when someone checks in to a Target or a Home Depot or Chik Fil’A, they are frequently greeted by philosophical FB posts.

That’s what I call “public philosophy”, and I hope others will join me in this effort.

That’s Ram Neta (UNC Chapel Hill), in a public Facebook update.

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