By T.V. Reed
In a remarkably brief time period the net and linked electronic verbal exchange applied sciences have deeply replaced the best way hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world dwell their lives. yet what's the nature of that effect? In chapters analyzing a huge variety of issues—including sexuality, politics, schooling, race, gender kin, the surroundings, and social protest movements—Digitized Lives seeks solutions to those imperative questions: what's actually new approximately so-called "new media," and what's simply hype? How have our lives been made larger or worse via electronic communique applied sciences? In what methods can those units and practices give a contribution to a richer cultural panorama and a extra sustainable society?
Cutting throughout the vast—and frequently contradictory—literature on those issues, Reed avoids either techno-hype and techno-pessimism, supplying in its place succinct, witty and insightful discussions of the way electronic conversation is impacting our lives and reshaping the main social problems with our period. The ebook argues that making experience of digitized tradition potential taking a look prior the smooth floor of techno equipment to invite deeper questions on how we will make the most of know-how to create a extra socially, politically, and economically simply global.
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Additional info for Digitized Lives: Culture, Power, and Social Change in the Internet Era
Or, better yet, it is many places, all of which are in the world (not the ether). Just as the word San Francisco calls up different images for each of us depending on our knowledge of that real, imagined city, there are as many cyberspaces as there are users of networked electronic communication devices. The difference is that few of us imagine cyberspace’s geography in any physical way; its geographic grounding is weirdly dispersed and invisible, with most of us imagining it rather abstractly, if at all.
How many ads use the phrase “new and improved,” with the latter word hardly needed? So there is a certain prejudice in the term new media that tends automatically to connote progress, rather than leaving open the question of whether the particular newness in question is for better or worse. And overall, as discussed in Chapter 2, the endless search for newness is having devastating ecological consequences (Slade 2007). ” The rise of the broadband, broadcast dimension of the Web, for example, has been accompanied by the declining popularity of the old medium of television among young (under 25) users.
Each term keys us into important aspects of the terrain, as do other variants including Internet studies, networked culture studies, computer-mediated communication studies, Web studies, etc. Each of these terms proves partial, in both the sense of incomplete and 27 28 HOW DO WE MAK E SENSE OF DIGITIZING CULTURES? biased, in relation to the overall dynamic experience of our digitizing world. “New media” points us to the forms and devices—the Web, video games, smartphones, virtual reality suits, etc.
Digitized Lives: Culture, Power, and Social Change in the Internet Era by T.V. Reed