Online Communication: Linking Technology, Identity, and Culture

Online Communication: Linking Technology, Identity, and Culture

by Andrew F. Wood, Matthew J. Smith
     
 
Online Communication provides an introduction to both the technologies of the Internet Age and their social implications. This innovative and timely textbook brings together current work in communication, political science, philosophy, popular culture, history, economics, and the humanities to present an examination of the theoretical and critical issues in the

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Online Communication provides an introduction to both the technologies of the Internet Age and their social implications. This innovative and timely textbook brings together current work in communication, political science, philosophy, popular culture, history, economics, and the humanities to present an examination of the theoretical and critical issues in the study of computer-mediated communication.

Authors Andrew F. Wood and Matthew J. Smith introduce computer-mediated communication (CMC) as a subject of academic research, as well as a lens through which to examine contemporary trends in society. Online Communication covers such topics as online identity, mediated relationships, virtual communities, electronic commerce, the digital divide, and spaces of resistance. This text also examines how the Internet has affected contemporary culture and presents the critiques being made to those changes.

This classroom resource will help students conceptualize the human uses of the Internet through an examination of emerging theories, offering explanations for what people are doing with this technology in social and communication contexts. Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers interested in the field of computer-mediated communication, as well as those studying issues of technology and culture, will find Online Communication to be an important step forward in studying the role of technology and mediated communication in today's society.

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The social implications of the Internet Age are the subject of this undergraduate sociology textbook, divided into three sections on defining computer- mediated communication, issues of online identity, and the effect of the Internet on culture. A chapter summary, glossary of terms, list of study questions, and list of references are provided at the conclusion of each chapter. Wood teaches at San Jose State U.; Smith is at Indiana U. in South Bend. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805837315
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
Routledge Communication Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.58(d)

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