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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.
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. Part I: THE NEW INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT ECOLOGY. 1. The Communications Revolution. The Roots of Revolution (Frances Cairncross). The Trendspotter's Guide to New Communications (Frances Cairncross). Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society (James R. Beniger). Renaissance Now! Media Ecology and the New Global Narrative (Douglas Rushkoff). 2. New Media Theory. Principles of Mediamorphosis (Roger Fidler). A New World (Small Pieces Loosely Joined) (David Weinberger). Remediation (Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin). Uses of the Mass Media (Werner J. Severin and James W. Tankard, Jr.). Part II: CONVERGENCE AND CONCENTRATION IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRIES. 3. Convergence, Content, and Interactivity. Convergence and Its Consequences (John Pavlik and Shawn McIntosh). The Civil War Inside Sony (Frank Rose). The Fast-Forward, On-Demand, Network-Smashing Future of Television (Frank Rose). TiVo's Turning Point: It Redefined Television Now Comes Competition (Josh McHugh). Digital Cinema, Take 2 (Michael A. Hiltzik). 4. Media Concentration. The New Global Media (Robert W. McChesney). Global Media (Benjamin Compaine). The Threat to the Net (Pat Aufderheide). Big World: How Clear Channel Programs America (Jeff Sharlet). Part III: NEW TECHNOLOGIES, THE SELF, AND SOCIAL LIFE. 5. At the Interface: New Intimacies, New Cultures. A Nation of Voyeurs (Neil Swidey). Toy Soldiers (Mark Frauenfelder). Weblogs: A History and Perspective (Rebecca Blood). Love.com (Anna Mulrine). 6. Media Saturation and the Increasing Velocity of Everyday Life. Supersaturation, or The Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling (Todd Gitlin). Prest-o! Change-o! (James Gleick). Spam Wars (Evan I. Schwartz). The First Law of Data Smog (David Shenk). Part IV: SOCIAL IMPACTS OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES. 7. Networked Computing: Promises and Paradoxes. The World Wide Web Unleashed (John December). The Productivity Puzzle (Thomas K. Landauer). Computer Age Gains Respect of Economists (Steve Lohr). The Computer Delusion (Todd Oppenheimer). 8. Questioning Information Technology. Further Explorations into the Culture of Computing (Clifford Stoll). Plan 9 from Cyberspace: The Implications of the Internet for Personality and Social Psychology (Katelyn Y. A. McKenna and John A. Bargh). Absolute PowerPoint: Can a Software Package Edit Our Thoughts? (Ian Parker). The Myth of Order: The Real Lesson of Y2K (Ellen Ullman). Part V: NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE. 9. Electronic Democracy. Media Participation: A Legitimizing Mechanism of Mass Democracy (Erik P. Bucy and Kimberly S. Gregson). Smart Mobs: The Power of the Mobile Many (Howard Rheingold). Universal Access to E-mail (Robert H. Anderson, Tora K. Bikson, Sally Ann Law, and Bridger M. Mitchell). Fragmentation and Cybercascades (Cass R. Sunstein). 10. The Digital Divide Rethinking the Digital Divide (Jennifer S. Light). Routes to Media Access (John E. Newhagen and Erik P. Bucy). The Rise of the Overclass: How the New Elite Scrambled Up the Merit Ladder--and Wants to Stay There Any Way It Can (Jerry Adler). Tech Savvy: Educating Girls in the New Computer Age (Sherry Turkle, Patricia Diaz Dennis, et al.). Part VI: POLICING THE ELECTRONIC WORLD: ISSUES AND ETHICS. 11. Copyright and Regulation. Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea? (Charles C. Mann). The Next Economy of Ideas (John Perry Barlow). Free (Lawrence Lessig). The Race to Kill Kazaa (Todd Woody). 12 Privacy and Surveillance. Remembrance of Data Passed: A Study of Disk Sanitization Practices (Simson L. Garfinkel and Abhi Shelat). In Defense of the Delete Key (James M. Rosenbaum). Privacy and the New Technology: What They Do Know Can Hurt You (Simson Garfinkel). The Challenge of an Open Society (David Brin). Index.