Social Consequences of Internet Use: Access, Involvement, and Interaction / Edition 1

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Overview

Drawing on nationally representative telephone surveys conducted from 1995 to 2000, James Katz and Ronald Rice offer a rich and nuanced picture of Internet use in America. Using quantitative data, as well as case studies of Web sites, they explore the impact of the Internet on society from three perspectives: access to Internet technology (the digital divide), involvement with groups and communities through the Internet (social capital), and use of the Internet for social interaction and expression (identity). To provide a more comprehensive account of Internet use, the authors draw comparisons across media and include Internet nonusers and former users in their research.The authors call their research the Syntopia Project to convey the Internet's role as one among a host of communication technologies as well as the synergy between people's online activities and their real-world lives. Their major finding is that Americans use the Internet as an extension and enhancement of their daily routines. Contrary to media sensationalism, the Internet is neither a utopia, liberating people to form a global egalitarian community, nor a dystopia-producing armies of disembodied, lonely individuals. Like any form of communication, it is as helpful or harmful as those who use it.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"Joe Turow and Andrea Kavanaugh have brought together the Dream Team of
Internet analysts and they have filed compelling and often startling dispatches from the frontier where people are using new technologies. The wired homestead is a place where families are changing the way they live and relate, and *The Wired Homestead*
is an authoritative account of how that's happening and why."--Lee Rainie, Director,
Pew Internet and American Life Project

The MIT Press

"Jim Katz and Ron Rice were doing Internet research way before it was cool and they have produced the kind of book that you'd expect from pioneers: It's brave and panoramic. It also has something for everyone: fresh research for data wonks, references to delightful and pathbreaking Web sites, and conclusions about the impact of the Internet that are fair-minded and far-reaching. Use of the
Internet matters to more and more people and that's why this book matters a lot."--Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet and American Life ProjectPlease note:
Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote.

The MIT Press

"*Shaping the Network Society* documents and analyzes the emergence of civil society in cyberspace. Based on contributions by some of the best experts in the world, it is essential reading for students and practitioners of the new forms of democracy in the Information Age."--Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg Chair of
Communication Technology and Society, University of Southern California

The MIT Press

Lee Rainie
Jim Katz and Ron Rice were doing Internet research way before it was cool and they have produced the kind of book that you'd expect from pioneers: It's brave and panoramic. It also has something for everyone: fresh research for data wonks,references to delightful and pathbreaking Web sites, and conclusions about the impact of the Internet that are fair-minded and far-reaching. Use of the Internet matters to more and more people and that's why this book matters a lot.
Manuel Castells
Shaping the Network Society documents and analyzes the emergence of civil society in cyberspace. Based on contributions by some of the best experts in the world, it is essential reading for students and practitioners of the new forms of democracy in the Information Age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262112697
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

James E. Katz is Chair of the Department of Communication at Rutgers University and director of the Center for Mobile Communication Studies. He is the author of Magic in the Air: Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life and coauthor of Social Consequences of Internet Use (MIT Press, 2002).

Ronald E. Rice is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication in the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Tables, and Figures
Preface
1 America and the Internet: Access, Involvement, and Social Interaction 1
I Access
2 Access: Basic Issues and Prior Evidence 17
3 Access and Digital Divide: Results 35
4 Logging Off: Internet Dropouts 67
5 Access and Digital Divide Examples 83
II Civic and Community Involvement
6 Civic and Community Involvement: Basic Issues and Prior Evidence 103
7 Political Involvement: Survey Results 135
8 Community Involvement: Survey Results 153
9 Involvement Examples: Evidence for an "Invisible Mouse"? 161
III Social Interaction and Expression
10 Social Interaction and Expression: Basic Issues and Prior Evidence 203
11 Social Interaction: Survey Results 227
12 Interaction and Expression: Self, Identity, and Homepages 265
13 Interaction and Expression Examples 285
IV Integration and Conclusion
14 Access, Involvement, Interaction, and Social Capital on the Internet: Digital Divides and Digital Bridges 321
App. A: Methodology 357
App. B: Descriptive Statistics from Surveys 371
References 411
Index 439
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