A Companion to New Media Dynamics

  • ID: 2254022
  • Book
  • 520 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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With the term ‘new media’ in use for decades now, one wonders if innovative digital forms and platforms can still be considered ‘new’ at all. Yet even as the lines have grown blurred between ‘new’ and ‘traditional’ media forms, there is much to learn about the dynamics surrounding the growth and adoption of new media.A Companion to New Media Dynamics presents a state–of–the–art collection of multidisciplinary readings that examine the origins, evolution, and cultural underpinnings of the media of the digital age in terms of dynamic change.

Contributed by an international cast of top researchers, cultural entrepreneurs, and emerging scholars, various chapters reflect on the historical, technical, cultural, and political changes that underlie the emergence of new media, as existing patterns and assumptions are challenged by the forces of ‘creative destruction’ and innovation, both economic and cultural. At the same time, readings reveal how several of the familiar themes from ‘old’ media remain – questions of identity, sexuality, politics, relationships, and meaning. Topics explored include everything from the ownership and regulation of new media to their form and cultural uses, including questions of access, agency, and consumer co–creation. Providing a wealth of innovative insights, A Companion to New Media Dynamics is an indispensable resource to the development, current place, and future directions of new media practices within contemporary culture.

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Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xix

Introducing Dynamics: A New Approach to "New Media" 1John Hartley, Jean Burgess, and Axel Bruns

Part 1 Approaches and Antecedents 13

1 Media Studies and New Media Studies 15Sean Cubitt

2 The Future of Digital Humanities Is a Matter of Words 33Willard McCarty

3 Media Dynamics and the Lessons of History 53Thomas Pettitt

4 Literature and Culture in the Age of the New Media 73Peter Swirski

5 The Economics of New Media 90John Quiggin

6 The End of Audiences? 104Sonia Livingstone and Ranjana Das

7 The Emergence of Next–Generation Internet Users 122Grant Blank and William H. Dutton

8 NationalWeb Studies 142Richard Rogers, Esther Weltevrede, Erik Borra, and Sabine Niederer

Part 2 Issues and Identities 167

Agency 169

9 In the Habitus of the New 171Zizi Papacharissi and Emily Easton

10 Long Live Wikipedia? 185Andrew Lih

Mobility 191

11 Changing Media with Mobiles 193Gerard Goggin

12 Make Room for the Wii 209Ben Aslinger

Enterprise 219

13 Improvers, Entertainers, Shockers, and Makers 221Charles Leadbeater

14 The Dynamics of Digital Multisided Media Markets 231Patrik Wikstr¨om

Search 247

15 Search and Networked Attention 249Alexander Halavais

16 Against Search 261Pelle Snickars

Network 275

17 Evolutionary Dynamics of the MobileWeb 277Indrek Ibrus

18 Pseudonyms and the Rise of the Real–Name Web 290Bernie Hogan

Surveillance 309

19 New Media and Changing Perceptions of Surveillance 311Anders Albrechtslund

20 Lessons of the Leak 322Christoph Bieber

Part 3 Forms, Platforms, and Practices 337

Culture and Identity 339

21 Cybersexuality and Online Culture 341Feona Attwood

22 Microcelebrity and the Branded Self 346Theresa M. Senft

23 Online Identity 355Alice E. Marwick

24 Practices of Networked Identity 365Jan–Hinrik Schmidt

Politics, Participation, and Citizenship 375

25 The Internet and the Opening Up of Political Space 377Stephen Coleman

26 The Internet as a Platform for Civil Disobedience 385Cherian George

27 Parody, Performativity, and Play 396Jeffrey P. Jones

28 The Politics of ‘‘Platforms’’ 407Tarleton Gillespie

29 From Homepages to Network Profiles 417Axel Bruns

Knowledge and New Generations 427

30 The New Media Toolkit 429Mark Pesce

31 Materiality, Description, and Comparison as Tools for Cultural Difference Analysis 439Basile Zimmermann

32 Learning from Network Dysfunctionality 450Tony D. Sampson and Jussi Parikka

33 Young People Online 461Lelia Green and Danielle Brady

34 Beyond Generations and New Media 472Kate Crawford and Penelope Robinson

Index 480

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“Summing Up: Recommended.  Graduate and research collections.”  (Choice, 1 September 2013)

“I highly recommend the all encompassing and widely landmark book to any new and old media leaders, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, technologists, academics, students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, government officials, public policy makers, nonprofit executives, and anyone interested in the ever changing and dynamic landscape of new media. This book provides insights and ideas that will provide the seed for future change and innovation across the entire new and old media environment.”  (Blog Business World, 16 March 2013)

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