Media Access: Social and Psychological Dimensions of New Technology Use

Media Access: Social and Psychological Dimensions of New Technology Use

by Erik P. Bucy
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Taylor & Francis
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Media Access: Social and Psychological Dimensions of New Technology Use

In Media Access: Social and Psychological Dimensions of New Technology Use, editors Erik P. Bucy and John E. Newhagen present the latest work, theoretical explorations, and original research findings on media access from a team of internationally renowned media and technology researchers. Chapters develop expanded definitions and conceptual understandings of access to stimulate further research, offer new perspectives on policy discussions, and facilitate media participation among those at risk of being left behind.

Broadening our understanding of information technology use, this collection offers:
*Novel perspectives—chapters demonstrate new methods of addressing persistent questions regarding motivation, cultural context, socioeconomic resources, technical knowledge, and psychological skills required for effectual use of information and communication technologies.
*Conceptual integration—each chapter addresses a vital aspect of media access and summarizes pertinent findings, weaving together results to provide much-needed integration across communication and technology studies.
*Multidisciplinary approaches—chapters represent a variety of conceptual and methodological approaches, deriving social explanations from large-scale survey data, psychological explanations from experimental data, and cultural explanations from depth interviews and ethnographic methods.
*Shifting the policy and research agenda—this volume extends and redirects aspects of the digital divide debate while elaborating the "media access" approach to studying new technology use.

Taken as a whole, Media Access reveals complications associated with full access to new communication technologies and proposes analytical frameworks that open new avenues of scholarly investigation and policy consideration. It is intended for scholars and graduate students in journalism, mass communication, telecommunications, media studies, information science, public policy, psychology, sociology, informatics, human-computer interaction, and other disciplines concerned with the issue of media access.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805841091
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Series: Routledge Communication Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface: The New Thinking About Media Accessix
Part IIntroduction
1Routes to Media Access3
Part IIPsychological Dimensions of Media Access
2Cognitive Access to New and Traditional Media: Evidence from Different Strata of the Social Order27
3The Interactivity Paradox: Closer to the News but Confused47
4Avoiding Computers: Does Personality Play a Role?73
5Social and Psychological Influences on Computer User Frustration91
Part IIISocial and Cultural Dimensions of Media Access
6Communities, Cultural Capital, and the Digital Divide107
7Reducing Barriers to Access via Public Information Infrastructure: The LaGrange Public Internet Initiative131
8Home Internet Use in Low-Income Families: Is Access Enough to Eliminate the Digital Divide?155
Part IVMedia Access to the Public Sphere
9Conceptual Elasticity of the Public Sphere: Tracking Media and Psychological Determinants of Access187
10The Skills and Motivations of Interactive Media Participants: The Case of Political Talk Radio207
11Divides in Succession: Possession, Skills, and Use of New Media for Societal Participation233
12Universal Usability: Pushing Human-Computer Interaction Research to Empower Every Citizen255
Part VConclusions and Connections
13Integrating the Research on Media Access: A Critical Overview269
About the Contributors279
Author Index285
Subject Index293

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