Media in the Digital Age

Media in the Digital Age

by John V. Pavlik
     
 

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Digital technologies have fundamentally altered the nature and function of media in our society, reinventing age-old practices of public communication and at times circumventing traditional media and challenging its privileged role as gatekeepers of news and entertainment. Some critics believe these technologies keep the public involved in an informed discourse on

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Digital technologies have fundamentally altered the nature and function of media in our society, reinventing age-old practices of public communication and at times circumventing traditional media and challenging its privileged role as gatekeepers of news and entertainment. Some critics believe these technologies keep the public involved in an informed discourse on matters of public importance, but it isn't clear this is happening on a large scale. Propaganda disguised as news is flourishing, and though interaction with the digital domain teaches children valuable skills, it can also expose them to grave risks.John V. Pavlik critically examines our current digital innovations—blogs, podcasting, peer-to-peer file sharing, on-demand entertainment, and the digitization of television, radio, and satellites—and their positive and negative implications. He focuses on present developments, but he also peers into the future, foreseeing a media landscape dominated by a highly fragmented, though active audience, intense media competition, and scarce advertising dollars. By embracing new technologies, however, Pavlik shows how professional journalism and media can hold on to their role as a vital information lifeline and continue to operate as the tool of a successful democracy.

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Metapsychology - Justine Johnstone

This book is probably the closest thing around to a satellite view of that fast-changing landscape.

Metapsychology
This book is probably the closest thing around to a satellite view of that fast-changing landscape.

— Justine Johnstone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231512138
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/13/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
3 MB

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Dean Mills

Media in the Digital Age takes us on a comprehensive and engaging tour of the complex and shifting digital world—its gadgets, its producers, its content, its users, and its issues. John V. Pavlik has produced a solid work of scholarship enlivened by real-world examples of how the new media technologies are changing our lives.

Everette E. Dennis

Media in the Digital Age offers a contemporary portrait of digital media in which big ideas are portals for the changing vessels of new media. It draws on historical precedent as well as the instant lessons of Web 2.0—and beyond.

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