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Understanding New Media


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Chapter 1: Understanding New Media Introduction - Why Study the New Media? Why New Media? Digital Media Online Media New Media Technologies, Media and Society McLuhan Kittler Stiegler Castells Chapter 2: Globalization and the New Media Theories of Globalization World-Systems and Globalization Global Culture Global Society Globalization and the Network Society Capitalism and Globalization: Informational Capitalism Chapter 3: (Political) Economy and New Media Production and Consumption in Informational Capitalism Production and Employment in Informational Capitalism Critical Approaches: Virtual Class and Immaterial Labour Informational products and consumption The Political Economy of New Media New Media Production New Media Contents Using New Media Chapter 4: Consumption and Digital Divides The Global Internet Users and Divides What is the Digital Divide? Age and New Media Use Gender and New Media Use Race/Ethnicity and New Media Use Chapter 5: Politics and Citizenship Politicians and New Media: Politics as Usual? The Normalization Thesis Political Activism and New Media Net native activism Social movements and the internet Web 2.0 and Politics Blogs as Political Journalism Blogs Public Opinion and Political Action Blogging and Political Subjectivities Chapter 6: Security, Surveillance and Safety Society: Surveillance and Control Panopticon and Synopticon Surveillance and the expropriation of information Politics: Cyber-conflict, Terrorism and Security Hacking and/in War and Conflict New Media as Communication Tools in War and Conflict Economics: Fraud and Deception The 419 Scam Phishing and Spoofing Risk, Trust and Security: More Surveillance? Culture: Online Porn New Media and Sexual Aggression Responses: Surveillance Once Again Chapter 7: New Media and Journalism The Crisis of Journalism Time and Journalism Journalism and the Market Journalistic Autonomy Cultural Shifts The Internet and Journalism Changes in Journalism Media Organizations: Convergence, Multi-skilling Contents: Techological Affordances and Contents, News Narratives Consumption/Use of Online News: Producers Chapter 8: Mobile Media and Everyday Life Mapping Mobile Media Mobile Phone MP3 Player Wireless Internet Mobile Media: Politics and Society Mobile Politics Mobile Society and Culture Chapter 9: New Media and Identity Identity, the Self and the New Media Conceptualizing Identity and New Media Technologies of the self: blogging Gender Identities and New Media Theories of Gender and Technology Gendered Technologies Ethnic and Religious Identities in the New Media World Theorizing Ethnicity and Religion in the Network Society Race/Ethnicity Online Chapter 10: Socialities and Social Media Society and Community in the Age of the New Media Loss of Community? Networks and Sociality New Media Affordances and Changes in Sociality Networked Individualism Networked Individualism: An Evaluation Social Media and Sociality Social Media Definitions and Characteristics Research in Social Media Chapter 11: Games and Gaming The Political Economy of Games Games Industry: Size and Income Development, Production and Informationalized Labour Games: Contents, Narratives and Semiotic Power Genres Delta Force: Black Hawk Down - Exploring Games Narratives The Architecture and Structure of Games Gamers: Practices and Communities Games and Violence Games and Participatory Culture: Collaboration and Co-optation Chapter 12: The Future of the New Media The Story So Far: Emerging Trends Theories of the New Media New Media and the Economy Globalization and New Media Diffusion Politics Surveillance and Security Journalism Mobile Media Identity and Sociality Games and Gaming Thinking of the Future Technological Innovation Semantic Web The Social Life of Innovations New Media Governance Models of Governance

About the Author

Eugenia is currently the Vice Chair of the ECREA Section on Diaspora, Migration and Media. Her current research interests are in the field of social and political theory and new media, multiculturalism and the media, online journalism, the relationship between mature and new media, and media representations of cultural diversity. Recent articles have appeared in New Media and Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Information Polity, while she is also the co-editor (with Joss Hands) of At The Interface: Transformations in Society, Culture and Politics (Rodopi, 2004), and the co-editor (with Lincoln Dahlberg) of Radical Democracy and the Internet (Palgrave, 2007).


Eugenia Siapera's Understanding New Media offers an admirably clear-sighted and engaging analysis of contemporary forms of mediation, illuminating the dynamics of new media across social, political and cultural spheres while skilfully avoiding the many traps that abound in this field - of hyperbole, obfuscation, partiality and lack of empirical grounding. She provokes her reader to think afresh about familiar phenomena, to synthesise diverse theoretical positions, and to stretch their imaginations to anticipate what is coming
Professor Sonia Livingstone
Department of Media and Communication, London School of Economics and Political Science
An excellent introduction to the past, present and future of the electronic, networked media world. By carefully examining the complex interactions between society and media, Siapera insightfully illuminates the social, political, economic and cultural consequences of our increasingly electronically networked and mediated world. This book will be a highly useful teaching tool and an engaging read for students, teachers and scholars
Steve Jones
University of Illinois, Chicago

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