Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life, Second Edition brings together the latest research from many relevant fields to examine how contemporary social life is mediated by various digital technologies: the internet, social media, and mobile devices. The book explores such topics as how digital technology led to the modern information age, information sharing and surveillance, how digital media shape socialization and development of the self, digital divides that separate groups in society, and the impact of digital media across social institutions. The author’s clear, nontechnical discussions and interdisciplinary synthesis make Superconnected an essential text for any course that examines how social life is affected when information and communication technology enter the picture.
Dr. Mary Chayko is a sociologist, Teaching Professor of Communication and Information, and Director of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University. For more on the author and for instructor resources, visit her book blog at http://superconnectedblog.com.
New to the Edition
- Current events, the latest statistics and new research findings are reflected throughout the book, including richly-detailed sections on the rise of “fake” news and information, the human-machine relationship, and the history and implications of the “dark web” and the “deep web.”
- The book’s companion blog, superconnectedblog.com, now includes customizable lecture slides and discussion questions for each chapter.
- Short podcasts, recorded by the author and posted to her blog, provide fun, unique points of access to every chapter.
About the Author
Dr. Mary Chayko is a sociologist, Teaching Professor of Communication and Information, and Director of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University. She is also an affiliate member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Sociology and an affiliate member of the faculty of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers. She received a B.A. in Communication and Psychology from Seton Hall University, and an Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University.
Table of Contents
About the AuthorChapter 1: Superconnectedness Superconnected The Internet . . . . . . Digital Media . . . . . . and Techno-Social Life Technology, Mediation, and the Diffusion of Innovation Sociality, or Being Social This BookChapter 2: Creating the Internet Age A (Very) Short History of Information and Communication Technology A (Not Quite as) Short History of Computing and the Internet The Web Is Born A Deep, "Dark" Web Is Also Born Wireless and Mobile Communication Early Online Networking Full-Featured Social Network Sites (SNSs) and Social Media The Triple Revolution of the 2000sChapter 3: Inhabiting a Digital Environment Sociomental Spaces, Cultures, and Societies Why Not Cyberspace? Online Communities, Networks, and Networking Creating Digital Environments Reality, Presence, and Proximity Reality and the Brain Emotionality and Intimacy So . . . What About Physicality? The Intersection of the Online and the OfflineChapter 4: Sharing and Surveillance Sharing and Prosuming in a Participatory Culture Crowdsourcing Liking and FollowingAnd Being Liked and Followed Ownership of Online Content The Power to Disseminate and Publish Information Accuracy, Inaccuracy, and the Rise and Transmission of “Fake” News and Information Vertical, or Asymmetrical, Surveillance Horizontal, or Social, Surveillance Privacy and ObscurityChapter 5: Global Impacts and Inequalities Globalization and Technology Stratification and Inequality Cultural Divides Hacking, Danger, Crime, and War Finding Solutions, Bridging Divides Speaking Back to Power: Social Organization, Movements, and Activism The Rise of Citizen JournalismChapter 6: Techno-Socialization and the Self Socialization, Self, and Identity Development and Performance of the Self Expression of the Self When Identity Is Marginalized Growing Up Online and Offline Socialization Never Ends: Socialization Throughout AdulthoodChapter 7: Friending, Dating, and Relating Interactivity Making Digital Connections “Chemistry” and Synchronicity FriendshipOnline and Offline Flirting, Dating, Romance, and Sex Trust and Social Support Interpersonal Conflicts and Harassment The Life Span of Digital RelationshipsChapter 8: The Techno-Social Institutions The Institutional “Heart”: The Family Health Care Religion Work and Commerce Education and Libraries Politics and Governing The MediaChapter 9: More Benefits and Hazards of 24/7 Superconnectedness Constant Availability Convenience and Microcoordination Fun, Play, and Entertainment Multitasking and the Attention Span Stress, Information Overload, and FOMO Emergencies Dependency and Addiction Health and Moods Being Plugged In . . . to SocietyChapter 10: Our Superconnected Future New and Emerging Technologies The Techno-Social Path Ahead The Human-Machine Connection Our Personal PathsAcknowledgmentsReferencesIndex