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Digital Media and Society



May 2017 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What can flame-throwing squirrels tell us about human emotion? Can social media empower political activism? How has the internet changed the way we form our identities? Do algorithms have a social role?

What is digital society?


In the early 21st century, digital media and the social have become irreversibly intertwined. In this cutting-edge introduction, author Simon Lindgren explores what it means to live in a digital society. Neatly divided into three sections, Digital Media and Society expertly leads students through:
  • Theories: from social media and cyber-optimism, to online social interaction and social change
  • Topics: from emotion, participation and the public sphere, to the impact of data, software and mobile technology
  • Tools: from digital ethnography, social network analysis and text-mining, to guidance on digital ethics and mixing methods
With succinct explanations of key concepts and theories, practical exercises to aid understanding and application, and suggested further reading sections to guide students through the literature and enhance their own research, this is a must-have resource for all students of the digital society.

Digital Media and Society
 is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses exploring digital media, social media, media and society, media sociology, and the Internet.
 
PART I: THEORIES
 
1. Digital Society
 
2. Social Media
 
3. Cyber Debates
 
4. Interaction and Identity
 
5. Communities and Networks
 
PART II: TOPICS
 
6. Digital Visuality and Visibility
 
7. Feeling Digital
 
8. Digital Citizenship
 
9. Digital Power and Exploitation
 
10. Digital Activism
 
11. Mobile Culture
 
12. Software, Algorithms and Data
 
PART III: TOOLS
 
13. Digital Social Research
 
14. The Research Process
 
15. Digital Ethnography
 
16. Mapping and Mining Digital Society
 
PART IV: CONCLUSION
 
17. A Theory of Digital Media and Social Change

"An impressive accomplishment. The book will reward both students and advanced scholars with its comprehensive overview, deft and accessible style, and an array of significant insights contributing to our developing understanding of social media and, most broadly, a coming post-digital society."

Charles M. Ess
University of Oslo

"A brilliantly written, essential text for understanding how digital media are changing society and how we can theorize and empirically study digital transformations."

Christian Fuchs
University of Westminster

"Digital Media and Society is a remarkably clear and engaging guide to understanding the complex interactions between technology and the everyday. The compelling current examples beautifully illustrate concepts and theories, making learning a pleasant ride."

Stefania Milan
University of Amsterdam and University of Oslo

A clear and entertaining introduction to the world of digital media.

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
August 24, 2017

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Ch. 6 - Digital Visuality and Visibility


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