The Wired Homestead: An MIT Press Sourcebook on the Internet and the Family

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The use of the internet in homes rivals the advent of the telephone,radio, or television in social significance. Daily use of the World Wide Web and e-mail is taken for granted in many families, and the computer-linked internet is becoming an integral part of the physical and audiovisual environment. The internet's features of personalization, interactivity, and information abundance raise profound new issues for parents and children.Most researchers studying the impact of the internet on families begin with the assumption that the family is the central influence in preparing a child to live in society and that home is where that influence takes place. In The Wired Homestead, communication theorists and social scientists offer recent findings on the effects of the internet on the lives of the family unit and its members. The book examines historical precedents of parental concern over "new" media such as television. It then looks at specific issues surrounding parental oversight of internet use, such as rules about revealing personal information, time limits, and web site restrictions. It looks at the effects of the web on both domestic life and entire neighborhoods. The wealth of information offered and the formulation of emerging issues regarding parents and children lay the foundation for further research in this developing field. The contributors include Robert Kraut, Jorge Reina Schement, Ellen Seiter, Sherry Turkle, Ellen Wartella, and Barry Wellman.

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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262700948
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/2003
  • Series: MIT Press Sourcebooks
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Turow, called by the New York Times "probably the reigning academic expert on media fragmentation," is Robert Lewis Shayon Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication,University of Pennsylvania. He is the the author of Breaking Up America: Advertisers and the New Media World, among other books, and the editor of The Wired Homestead (MIT Press, 2003).

Andrea L. Kavanaugh is Senior Research Scientist and Assistant Director at the Human Computer Interaction Center, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I The New World in Context 21
1 Family Boundaries, Commercialism, and the Internet: A Framework for Research 25
2 Disintermediating the Parents: What Else Is New? 45
3 Historical Trends in Research on Children and the Media: 1900-1960 53
4 The Impact of the Internet on Children: Lessons from Television 73
5 Television and the Internet 93
II On Parents and Kids 117
6 Data on Family and the Internet: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? 121
7 A Family Systems Approach to Examining the Role of the Internet in the Home 141
8 The Internet and the Family: The Views of Parents and Youngsters 161
9 Mediated Childhoods: A Comparative Approach to Young People's Changing Media Environment in Europe 207
10 Outlook and Insight: Young Danes' Uses of the Internet - Navigating Global Seas and Local Waters 227
11 Sex on the Internet: Issues, Concerns and Implications 261
III The Wired Homestead and Online Life 283
12 The Internet's Implications for Home Architecture 287
13 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Family Perspectives on the Future of the Home PC 291
14 Women, Guilt, and Home Computers 325
15 "Nobody Lives Only in Cyberspace": Gendered Subjectivities and Domestic Use of the Internet 337
16 Internet Paradox Revisited 347
17 Virtuality and Its Discontents 385
IV The Wired Homestead and Civic Life 399
18 Three for Society: Households and Media in the Creation of Twenty-first Century Communities 403
19 When Everyone's Wired: Use of the Internet in Networked Communities 423
20 Community Building on the Web 439
21 Examining Community in the Digital Neighborhood: Early Results from Canada's Wired Suburb 455
Contributors 477
Name Index 479
Subject Index 487
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