Media in the Digital Age

Media in the Digital Age

by John V. Pavlik
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231142080

ISBN-13: 9780231142083

Pub. Date: 05/05/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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 gatekeeper of news and entertainment. Some critics believe these technologies keep the public involved in an informed discourse on

Overview

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 gatekeeper 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.

About the Author:
John V. Pavlik is professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231142083
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/05/2008
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword     xi
Introduction     1
Digital Delivery Media     8
Devices to Access Digital Media     35
Audiences or Users of Digital Media     56
Producers of Digital Media     79
Content in the Digital Age     103
Distributors of Digital Media     130
Financers and Owners of Digital Media     149
Regulation and Law of Digital Media     174
Production and Protection of Digital Media     195
Inventors and Innovators of Digital Media     214
Ethical Considerations in the Digital Age     234
Children and Digital Media     266
Epilogue     283
Notes     285
Bibliography     315
Glossary     321
Index     331

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