My research falls into three overlapping programs:
Ethics of Care in Digital Culture
Moral and Political Philosophy of Information Flows
In my work in digital culture, it took me longer than it should have to realize that the thing that bound together the things I wanted to say about the topics I was interested in—e.g. friendship, selfies, cats, cute media, foodstagramming, intimacy—was care. I am increasingly focused on postphenomenology of everyday life online oriented by feminist ethics of care.
Activity in my research program in Ethics of Care in Digital Culture—some of which may not explicitly address care ethics—includes:
Wittkower, D.E. (2016). Lurkers, creepers, and virtuous interactivity: From property rights to consent and care as a conceptual basis for privacy concerns and information ethics. First Monday, v.21(10): n.p.
Wittkower, D.E. (2016). Farmville, eternal recurrence, and the will-to-power-ups. In D. Mellamphy & N. Biswas Mellamphy (Eds.), The digital dionysus: Nietzsche and the network-centric condition. Earth: Punctum Books.
Wittkower, D.E. (2015). Social media and the organization man. APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, 15(1): 16–20. By invitation.
Wittkower, D.E. (2015). Taking care of Business Cat. Backchannels, a publication of the Society for Social Studies of Science, 1(1): n.p. By invitation.
Wittkower, D.E. (2014). Facebook and dramauthentic identity: A post-Goffmanian model of identity performance on SNS. First Monday, v.19(4): n.p.
Wittkower, D.E. (2013). Boredom on Facebook. In G. Lovink & M. Rasch (Eds.), Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives (pp. 180–88). Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures. By invitation.
Wittkower, D.E. (2012). The vital non-action of occupation, offline and online. International Review of Information Ethics, 18: 169–74.
Wittkower, D.E. (2012). ‘Friend’ is a verb. APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, 12(1): 22–26.
Wittkower, D.E. (2012). On the origins of the cute as a dominant aesthetic category in digital culture. In T. Luke & J. Hunsinger (Eds.), Putting knowledge to work and letting information play (pp. 212–221). Transdisciplinary Studies v.4. Boston: Sense Publishers (Springer). By invitation.
Oxley, J. & Wittkower, D.E. (2011). Care and loyalty in the workplace. In M. Hamington & M. Sander-Staudt (Eds.), Applying care ethics to business (pp. 221–244). New York: Springer.