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Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Communication

Edited by: Leah A. Lievrouw , Brian D. Loader

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138672093
eBook ISBN: 9781315616551
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315616551
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Book description

What are we to make of our digital social lives and the forces that shape it? Should we feel fortunate to experience such networked connectivity? Are we privileged to have access to unimaginable amounts of information? Is it easier to work in a digital global economy? Or is our privacy and freedom under threat from digital surveillance? Our security and welfare being put at risk? Our politics undermined by hidden algorithms and misinformation? Written by a distinguished group of leading scholars from around the world, the Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Communication provides a comprehensive, unique, and multidisciplinary exploration of this rapidly growing and vibrant field of study. The Handbook adopts a three-part structural framework for understanding the sociocultural impact of digital media: the artifacts or physical devices and systems that people use to communicate; the communicative practices in which they engage to use those devices, express themselves, and share meaning; and the organizational and institutional arrangements, structures, or formations that develop around those practices and artifacts. Comprising a series of essay-chapters on a wide range of topics, this volume crystallizes current knowledge, provides historical context, and critically articulates the challenges and implications of the emerging dominance of the network and normalization of digitally mediated relations. Issues explored include the power of algorithms, digital currency, gaming culture, surveillance, social networking, and connective mobilization. More than a reference work, this Handbook delivers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of the state of new media scholarship and its most important future directions that will shape and animate current debates.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The hearth of darkness Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Mobile media artifacts Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Digital embodiment and financial infrastructures Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Ubiquity Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Interfaces and affordances Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Hacking Download PDF
Chapter  7:  (Big) data and algorithms Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Archive Fever revisited Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The practice of identity Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Our digital social life Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Digital literacies in a wireless world Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Family practices and digital technology Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Youth, algorithms, and the problem of political data Download PDF
Chapter  14:  What remains of digital democracy? Contemporary political cleavages and democratic practices Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Journalism’s digital publics Download PDF
Chapter  16:  News curation, war, and conflict Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Information, technology, and work Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Automated surveillance Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Deep mediatization Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Fluid hybridity Download PDF
Chapter  21:  All the lonely people? Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Distracted by technologies and captured by the public sphere Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Social movements, communication, and media Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Governance and regulation Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Property and the construction of the information economy Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Globalization and post-globalization Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Toward a sustainable information society Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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