Media Access: Social and Psychological Dimensions of New Technology Use

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In Media Access: Social and Psychological Dimensions of New Technology Use, editors Erik P. Bucy and John E. Newhagen present the latest work, theoretical explorations, and original research findings on media access from a team of internationally renowned media and technology researchers. Chapters develop expanded definitions and conceptual understandings of access to stimulate further research, offer new perspectives on policy discussions, and facilitate media participation among those at risk of being left behind.

Broadening our understanding of information technology use, this collection offers:
*Novel perspectives—chapters demonstrate new methods of addressing persistent questions regarding motivation, cultural context, socioeconomic resources, technical knowledge, and psychological skills required for effectual use of information and communication technologies.
*Conceptual integration—each chapter addresses a vital aspect of media access and summarizes pertinent findings, weaving together results to provide much-needed integration across communication and technology studies.
*Multidisciplinary approaches—chapters represent a variety of conceptual and methodological approaches, deriving social explanations from large-scale survey data, psychological explanations from experimental data, and cultural explanations from depth interviews and ethnographic methods.
*Shifting the policy and research agenda—this volume extends and redirects aspects of the digital divide debate while elaborating the "media access" approach to studying new technology use.

Taken as a whole, Media Access reveals complications associated with full access to new communication technologies and proposes analytical frameworks that open new avenues of scholarly investigation and policy consideration. It is intended for scholars and graduate students in journalism, mass communication, telecommunications, media studies, information science, public policy, psychology, sociology, informatics, human-computer interaction, and other disciplines concerned with the issue of media access.

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Table of Contents

Preface: The New Thinking About Media Access
1 Routes to Media Access 3
2 Cognitive Access to New and Traditional Media: Evidence from Different Strata of the Social Order 27
3 The Interactivity Paradox: Closer to the News but Confused 47
4 Avoiding Computers: Does Personality Play a Role? 73
5 Social and Psychological Influences on Computer User Frustration 91
6 Communities, Cultural Capital, and the Digital Divide 107
7 Reducing Barriers to Access via Public Information Infrastructure: The LaGrange Public Internet Initiative 131
8 Home Internet Use in Low-Income Families: Is Access Enough to Eliminate the Digital Divide? 155
9 Conceptual Elasticity of the Public Sphere: Tracking Media and Psychological Determinants of Access 187
10 The Skills and Motivations of Interactive Media participants: The Case of Political Talk Radio 207
11 Divides in Succession: Possession, Skills, and Use of New Media for Societal Participation 233
12 Universal Usability: Pushing Human-Computer Interaction Research to Empower Every Citizen 255
13 Integrating the Research on Media Access: A Critical Overview 269
About the Contributors 279
Author Index 285
Subject Index 293
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