The Flâneur, the Badaud and Empathetic Worker
AbstractIn this paper, based on the development of the ‘empathic’ badaud in France at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, I draw some parallels with a Facebook user. The experience of Facebook’s users is explored through the juxtaposition of two terms: the flâneur and the badaud, and a third term is proposed, the one of an empathetic worker, by applying critical media/cultural studies.
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