The Internet: An Introduction to New Media

Overview

Life without the internet, a very new technology, seems almost unimaginable for most people in western nations. Today the internet is intrinsic to media and communications, entertainment, politics, defence, business, banking, education and administrative systems as well as to social interaction. The Internet disentangles this extraordinarily complex information and communication technology from its place in our daily lives, allowing it to be examined anew. Technology has historically been shaped by governmental, ...

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Overview

Life without the internet, a very new technology, seems almost unimaginable for most people in western nations. Today the internet is intrinsic to media and communications, entertainment, politics, defence, business, banking, education and administrative systems as well as to social interaction. The Internet disentangles this extraordinarily complex information and communication technology from its place in our daily lives, allowing it to be examined anew. Technology has historically been shaped by governmental, military and commercial requirements, but the development of the internet is increasingly driven by its users. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and many other emerging applications are shifting the way we express ourselves, communicate with our friends, and even engage with global politics. At the same time three-quarters of the world's population remain effectively excluded from the internet. Packed with case studies drawn from around the world, The Internet presents a clear and up-to-date introduction to the social, cultural, technological and political worlds this new media form is creating.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847882998
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Series: Berg New Media Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lelia Green is Professor of Communications at Edith Cowan University, Australia, and author of Communication, Technology and Society.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgements

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1 Introduction 1

2 History 19

3 Policy 43

4 The Digital Divide 65

5 Customising the Internet 79

6 Regulation and Legislation: Pornography and Cyber Stalking 99

7 The Public Sphere 119

8 Community 139

9 Internet in Family Life 159

10 Conclusion 177

Annotated Guide to Further Reading 191

Exercises and Questions 197

Abbreviations and Glossary 205

References 217

Index 239

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