Benjamin Hoffmann / Assistant Professor of Literature, Ohio State University

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BIO

Benjamin Hoffmann is an Assistant Professor of Early Modern French Studies at The Ohio State University. A graduate from University of Bordeaux III (Licence de Lettres Modernes and Licence de philosophie), Sorbonne (Maîtrise de Littérature française), and École Normale Supérieure (double major in literature and philosophy), he holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from Yale University.

Benjamin Hoffmann is the author of four novels and one critical edition, published by Éditions Gallimard and Pennsylvania State University Press. His next book, Posthumous America: Literary Reinventions of America at the End of the Eighteenth Century, is forthcoming in French and English translation from Éditions Classiques Garnier and Pennsylvania State University Press.

He has published numerous essays on authors and topics such as Vivant Denon, Casanova, Rousseau, Mallarmé, the Counter-Enlightenment, the Literature of Francophone Louisiana, and Digital Humanities. His articles have appeared in such journals as Loxias, The Southern Quarterly, Les Écrits, French Forum, French Studies, L’Atelier du roman, Dix-Huitième siècle, and La Règle du jeu.

At the crossroads of French studies and digital humanities, his new research project is a philosophical inquiry into the concept of posterity.

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By Benjamin Hoffmann on Paris Innovation Review

De Facebook est-il le nom? De l'avènement d'une société qui est l'image inversée de celle que le réseau social prétend promouvoir. Non pas une société de l'échange démocratique, où les individus échangeraient au sein d'une agora virtuelle des arguments opposés, mais une société où s'accentuent les antagonismes et s'accusent les différences dans une juxtaposition d'espaces cloisonnés; non pas une société du libre partage de l'information mais de l'exploitation commerciale des données que nous livrons chaque fois que nous visitons Facebook. Faut-il se détourner de ce réseau social et de tous ceux qui reprennent son paradigme?

The meaning of Facebook

Society on April 19th, 2017

Facebook heralds the advent of a society that mirrors what the social network claims to promote. Not a society of democratic exchange, where people interact within a virtual agora by opposing arguments, but a society divided by antagonism and defiance, one that is partitioned in isolated bubbles; not a society of free sharing of information but of commercial exploitation of the data we deliver each time we visit Facebook. Should we turn away from this social network and all those who promote its paradigm?

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