The Breakup 2.0

Artists: 
Gershon, Ilana
ISBN: 
978-0-8014-4859-1
Publisher: 
Cornell University Press
Dated: 
2010
Price: 
$25.00
Comments: 
Ilana Gershon was intrigued by the degree to which her students used new media to communicate important romantic informationsuch as its over. She decided to get to the bottom of the matter by interviewing seventy-two people about how they use Skype, texting, voice mail, instant messaging, Facebook, and cream stationery to end relationships. She opens up the world of romance as it is conducted in a digital milieu, offering insights into the ways in which different media influence behavior, beliefs, and social mores. Above all, this full-fledged ethnography of Facebook and other new tools is about technology and communication, but it also tells the reader a great deal about what college students expect from each other when breaking upand from their friends who are the spectators or witnesses to the ebb and flow of their relationships.