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Digital Dynamics: Engagements and Connections (Graham Murdock and Peter Golding)

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Title: Digital Dynamics
Sub-title: Engagements and Connections
Editor(s): Graham Murdock and Peter Golding
Publish Date: June 2010
Pages: 256
Format: Cloth
Supported by high speed connections and a proliferating range of digital devices, from notebook computers to mobile phones, the second generation of the Internet (Web 2.0) is providing a platform for an ever expanding range of services and an explosion of user-generated content—blogs, file sharing, wikis, and social networking. Many commentators see these developments marking the wholesale digital transformation of social life, forgetting the history of the Internet has coincided with a concerted extension of market dynamics, the erosion of public provision, and deepening income inequalities. Taking concrete examples drawn from original research on a range of areas—from personal health and home trading in shares to the battle over copyright in the music and film industries—the essays collected here explore how digital engagements are shaped by wider social and cultural dynamics and structures of power and how these forces also generate disconnection and exclusion.

Contents: Introduction, Graham Murdock and Peter Golding. ENGAGEMENTS. Transforming Health?: The Internet and Everyday Life: Talking About Health and Illness, Sally Wyatt, Flis Henwood, Anglie Hart, and Hazel Platze. Sold Short: New Communication Technologies and the “Democratization” of Financial Markets, Peter A. Thompson. War Blogs and the War in Iraq, Donald Matheson and Stuart Allan. Music, Digitalization, and Copyright, David Hesmondhalgh. Reframing Optical Media Piracy: Toward a Network-Oriented Theoretical Framework, Shujen Wang. DISCONNECTIONS. Researching Digital (Dis)connection in the Age of Personalised Media, Nick Couldry. Rural Communities in the Networked Environment, Carolyn Cunningham and Sharon Strover. Exploring People’s (Non)engagement with Public Internet Sites, Neil Selwyn. .The Digital Divide and the Computer Generation: ICT Exclusion Among Adolescents, Agnethos Broos and Keith Roe. Modernity and the Many Faces of “Digital” Divides in Iran, Gholam Khiabany. A Bill of Rights for the Digital Age?, Cees J. Hamelink. Author Index. Subject Index.

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