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Summary This book attacks the often implicit and damaging assumption that 'everyone' is online and that 'everyone' is using online resources within the specified parameters of employers, government and national laws. Put another way, this book summons a critical Web Studies, asking not only who is using particular applications, but also how and why. This remedial work is required. The concept and label of 'Web 2.0' is part of a wide-ranging suite of assumptions that offer simple answers to difficult questions. The term captures a desire for online collaboration and the sharing of information, performed most visibly through blogs, podcasts and wikis. Other 'products' that capture the Web 2.0 ideology include Google Maps, Facebook, MySpace and Flickr. Within this framework, websites no long hold information but become a platform to connect applications with users. The business applications have gained the most attention - particularly content syndication - but there are also 'political' initiatives overlaying this project including open communication, the sharing of data and the deeplinking of web architecture. Web 2.0 is not only buzzword, but - pivotally for The Revolution Will Not Be Downloaded - increases the online opportunities and applications for those already online while ignoring those still excluded from Web 1. 0. This book reveals not only who is using particular online platforms, but the costs to citizenship and democracy through that social profile. Key Features Development of innovative concepts and models to manage the digital divide Evocative studies of the digitally excluded and downloading communities. Attention to digital literacy and online education Demonstration of how commerce, news, music and inter-personal relationships are transformed through digitization Readership The combination of tracking the digital divide and activating digital dissent makes the book unique in Web 2.0 research. Instead of celebrating Facebook, YouTube and MySpace, there is careful attention to those groups still excluded by Web 1.0. For practitioners, policy makers, teachers, librarians and information professionals, there are methods offered that align theories of teaching and information management with the practice of changing policy. Through such an aim, the book stands alone, and is international in scope and inflection.Contents Introduction Passing the digital door bitch Part One: Scanning the silences Access denied; Restless redundancy; Wiring God's waiting room: the greying of web literacy; Cash for corporeality: international students and the wealth of transgression; Cultware Part Two: Downloading harmony He who pays the piper must call the tune? ; The ultimate mix: try before you buy; Record companies vs. technology Part Three: Uploading identity Putting their life on(the)line: youth and blogging identity; Is it all bad? Japanese suicide culture; Traveller's weblogs: why blog?; eBay: marketing the real body in the virtual world; Cyber sluts: the new Victorians; The I in community: it's all about ME in gaydar's global gay diaspora Part Four: Packet switching resistance and terrorism Information at the speed of thought; Keeping an eye on Big Brother; Speed kills: terrorism on the internet Conclusion - what do you do with the other one in a duo?
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Part 1 Scanning the silences: Access denied: Reading, writing and thinking about techno-literacy; Restless redundancy; Wiring God's waiting rooms: The greying of the World Wide Web; Cash for corporeality: International students and the wealth of transgression; Cultware: Constructing the matrix of internet access. Part 2 Downloading harmony: He who pays the piper must call the tune? The ultimate mix: Try before you buy? Record companies vs technology. Part 3 Uploading identity: Putting their life on(the)line: Blogging and identity; Is it all bad? Japan's internet suicide subculture; When home is away: Re-thinking the travel weblog; eBay: Marketing the real body in the virtual world; Cyber sluts: the new Victorians; The I in community: It's all about ME in gaydar's global gay diaspora. Part 4 Packet switching resistance and terrorism: Information at the speed of thought; Keeping an eye on Big Brother; Dot-com, dot-bomb: (cyber)terror on the internet; Conclusion: What do you do with the other one in a duo?

About the Author

Tara Brabazon, University of Brighton, UK


...this book succeeds in raising many issues relevant to a critical understanding of Internet cultures and web 2.0....a worthwhile read for both academics and students examining digital technologies., Information, Communication & SocietyThis book presents a counter perspective to much of the hype about the Internet. It is refreshing and opens a debate that needs to occur more frequently and in more depth in many communities and spaces that engage with the Internet and society., Library ManagementIt is unusual to find writing so engaged with those marginalized from the web., The Electronic Library (Emerald Publishing)

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