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Living in Information Age : New Media Reader (2ND 05 Edition)by Erik P. Bucy
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Understand the impact of new technologies on the media landscape with LIVING IN THE INFORMATION AGE with InfoTrac?! Examining the conceptual and practical aspects of life in an information society, this communication text encourages you to consider how the media industries are being transformed through digital convergence and corporate concentration. Each reading is prefaced by a short introduction and three questions for critical thinking and discussion to help you master the material. Each article is followed by suggestions for taking research online using InfoTrac College Edition so that you can enhance your understanding of the material.
Book News Annotation:
Bucy (Indiana U.) refers to the information and entertainment industries as an "ecology," and here examines that ecology's technological, social, psychological, and professional aspects. Forty-seven essays take into consideration the dot.com bust of 2000, and the media merger busts, terrorist attacks, and the Patriot Act, and discuss theories in information and entertainment, configurations in mass media, the social impacts of technologies in information and communication (especially equal access), and ethical issues in intellectual property and personal privacy. Many essays include bibliographies, and Bucy provides related links and sources of further research.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
LIVING IN THE INFORMATION AGE traces the development, surveys the literature, and explores the impact of new technologies on the media landscape. The author examines conceptual and practical aspects of life in an information society through 50 articles that explore the utopian promises of technology's true believers and the dystopian views of technology's critics. Further, the reader encourages students to consider how the media industries are being transformed through digital convergence and corporate concentration.
Table of Contents
Preface. Section I: THE NEW INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT ECOLOGY. 1. The Communications Revolution. 2. New Media Theory. Section II: CONVERGENCE AND CONCENTRATION IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRIES. 3. Convergence, Content, Interactivity. 4. Media Concentration. Section III: NEW TECHNOLOGIES, THE SELF, AND SOCIAL LIFE. 5. At the Interface: New Intimacies, New Cultures. 6. Media Saturation and the Increasing Velocity of Everyday Life. Section IV: SOCIAL IMPACTS OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES. 7. Networked Computing: Promises and Paradoxes. 8. Questioning Information Technology. Section V: NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE. 9. Electronic Democracy. 10. The Digital Divide. Section VI: POLICING THE ELECTRONIC WORLD: ISSUES AND ETHICS. 11. Copyright and Regulation. 12. Privacy and Surveillance.
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