Media in the Digital Age

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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

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231142083
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2008
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John V. Pavlik is professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. His articles have appeared in CNN.com and Television Quarterly, among other venues, and his books include Converging Media: Introduction to Mass Communication in the Digital Age, Journalism and New Media, and New Media Technology: Cultural and Commercial Perspectives.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

1 Digital Delivery Media 8

2 Devices to Access Digital Media 35

3 Audiences or Users of Digital Media 56

4 Producers of Digital Media 79

5 Content in the Digital Age 103

6 Distributors of Digital Media 130

7 Financers and Owners of Digital Media 149

8 Regulation and Law of Digital Media 174

9 Production and Protection of Digital Media 195

10 Inventors and Innovators of Digital Media 214

11 Ethical Considerations in the Digital Age 234

12 Children and Digital Media 266

Epilogue 283

Notes 285

Bibliography 315

Glossary 321

Index 331

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