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Understanding New Media / Edition 2

Understanding New Media / Edition 2

by Eugenia Siapera
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New media are everywhere, yet with so many technological developments and theoretical perspectives understanding them has never been more difficult. This textbook explains the key concepts and approaches to the impact of new media on the economy, society, identity, politics, friendship, citizenship and everyday life. Putting the student first, this book:

engages the reader with integrated, up-to-date case studies

brings it all together with chapter summary charts

challenges students to apply concepts with e-tivities

provides key further online readings at

This is both starting point and map for any student of new media.

Eugenia Siapera is Lecturer in Journalism and New Media at Aristotle University and Associate Tutor at the Leicester University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446297100
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eugenia is currently the Vice Chair of the ECREA Section on Diaspora, Migration and Media. Her current research interests are in the field of social and political theory and new media, multiculturalism and the media, online journalism, the relationship between mature and new media, and media representations of cultural diversity. Recent articles have appeared in New Media and Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Information Polity, while she is also the co-editor (with Joss Hands) of At The Interface: Transformations in Society, Culture and Politics (Rodopi, 2004), and the co-editor (with Lincoln Dahlberg) of Radical Democracy and the Internet (Palgrave, 2007).

Table of Contents

1 Understanding New Media 1

Learning Objectives 1

Introduction - Why Study the New Media? 1

Why New Media? 3

Technologies, Media and Society 6

Structure of the Book 16

E-tivities 18

Conclusions 19

Further Reading 22

2 Globalization and New Media 23

Learning Objectives 23

Introduction 23

Theories of Globalization 24

Conclusions 35

E-tivity: Identifying Globalization 37

Further Reading 38

3 (Political) Economy and New Media 39

Learning Objectives 39

Introduction 39

Production and Consumption in Informational Capitalism 41

The Political Economy of New Media 47

Using New Media 55

Conclusions 59

E-tivity: Online Users: Consumers, Workers or Citizens? 61

Further Reading 62

4 Consumption and Digital Divides 63

Learning Objectives 63

Introduction 63

The Global Internet 64

Users and Divides 68

Conclusions 79

E-tivity: Understanding New Media Use 81

Further Reading 81

5 Politics and Citizenship 83

Learning Objectives 83

Introduction 83

Politicians and New Media: Politics as Usual? 85

Political Activism and New Media 89

Web 2.0 and Politics 95

Conclusions 102

E-tivity: Exploring Online Politics 103

Further Reading 104

6 Security, Surveillance and Safety 105

Learning Objectives 105

Introduction 105

Society: Surveillance and Control 107

Politics: Cyber-conflict, Terrorism and Security 111

Economics: Fraud and Deception 114

Culture: Online Porn 118

Conclusions 121

E-tivity: Online Protection 123

Further Reading 124

7 New Media and Journalism 125

Learning Objectives 125

Introduction 125

The Crisis of Journalism 126

Changes in Journalism 132

Conclusions 144

E-tivity: Assessing Online News 146

Further Reading 146

8 Mobile Media and Everyday Life 147

Learning Objectives 147

Introduction 147

Mapping Mobile Media 148

Mobile Media: Politics and Society 160

Conclusions 167

E-tivity: Mobiles and Everyday Life 169

Further Reading 169

9 New Media and Identity 171

Learning Objectives 171

Introduction 171

Identity, the Self and the New Media 172

Gender Identities and New Media 179

Ethnic and Religious Identities in the New Media World 183

Conclusions 187

E-tivity: Online Selves and Identities 189

Further Reading 190

10 Socialities and Social Media 191

Learning Objectives 191

Introduction 191

Society and Community in the Age of the New Media 192

Networks and Sociality 197

Social Media and Sociality 201

Conclusions 205

E-tivity: Exploring Online Socialities 207

Further Reading 208

11 Games and Gaming 209

Learning Objectives 209

Introduction 209

The Political Economy of Games 210

Games: Contents, Narratives and Semiotic Power 214

Gamers: Practices and Communities 219

Conclusions 223

E-tivity: Understanding Gaming 225

Further Reading 226

12 The Future of the New Media 227

Learning Objectives 227

Introduction 227

The Story So Far: Emerging Trends 228

Thinking of the Future 237

New Media Governance 241

Conclusions 246

Further Reading 248

Bibliography 249

Index 273

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