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Understanding Digital Culture

Understanding Digital Culture

Second Edition

March 2020 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
From profiling databases and mashups to cybersex and the truth about social networking, Miller's insightful second edition traces the pervasive influence of 'digital culture' throughout contemporary life.

He integrates socio-economic understandings of the 'information society' with the cultural studies approach to production, use, and consumption of digital media and multimedia. Still refreshingly readable and packed with new examples; Understanding Digital Culture:
  • Includes new and updated material on work and commodity production in digital capitalism, "slacktivism", industrial espionage and major bank hacks, the rise of mobile dating apps, and cyber-bullying alongside trolling.
  • Unpacks how the information society is transforming and challenging traditional notions of crime, resistance, war and protest, community, intimacy and belonging.
  • Crosses disciplines to give a balanced account of the social, economic and cultural dimensions of the information society.
  • Illuminates the increasing importance of mobile, wireless and converged media technologies in everyday life.
  • Charts the changing cultural forms associated with new media and its consumption, including music, gaming, microblogging and online identity.
  • Illustrates the above through a series of contemporary, in-depth case studies of digital culture.

This is the perfect text for students looking for a full account of the information society, virtual cultures, sociology of the Internet and new media.

Revolutionary Technologies?  
The Structure of the Book  
Chapter 1: Key Elements of Digital Media
Technical Processes  
Cultural Forms  
Immersive Experiences  
Chapter 2: The Economic Foundations of the Information Age
The Information Society  
Post-Fordism and Globalisation  
Informationalism and the Network Society  
Weightless Economies, Intellectual Property and the Commodification of Knowledge  
Chapter 3: Convergence and the Contemporary Media Experience
Technological Convergence  
Regulatory Convergence  
Media Industry Convergence  
Convergence Culture ad the Contemporary Media Experience  
Producers, Consumers, Prosumers and 'Produsage'  
Chapter 4: 'Everyone is Watching': Privacy and Surveillance in Digital Life
The Changing Cultural Contexts of Privacy  
Digital Surveillance: Spaces, Traces and Tools  
The Rise Surveillance: Causes and Processes  
Commercial Imperatives and the Political Economy of Surveillance  
Why Care about a Surveillance Society?  
Chapter 5: Information Politics and the Online Public Sphere
The Poltical Context of Information Politics  
ICT-Enabled Politics  
An Internet Public Sphere?  
Chapter 6: Cybercrime, Cyberterrorism and Cyberware
Cybercrime: A Muddy Field  
The Tools and Techniques of Cybercrime, Cyberactivism and Cyberwarfare  
Cyber Politics by Another Means: Cyber Warfare  
Chapter 7: Digital Identity
'Objects to Think with': Early Internet Studies and Poststructuralism  
Personal Homepages and the 'Re-Centring' of the Individual  
Personal Blogging, Individualisation and the Reflexive Project of the Self  
Avatar and Identity  
Social Networks, Profiles and Networked Identity  
Who needs Identity?  
Chapter 8: Digital Community? Space, Networks and Relationships
Searching for Lost Community: Urbanisation, Space and Scales of Experience  
Globalisation, Technology and the Rise of Individualism  
'Virtual' Communities Over Before they Began?  
Network Societies, Network Socialities and Networked Individualism  
Being Together Online: Networks, Instrumentalism and Intimacy  
Chapter 9: The Body and Information Technology
The Body, Technology and Society  
The Posthuman  
Technology, Embodiment Relations and 'Homo Faber'  
Conclusion: Base, Superstructure, Infrastructure (Revisited)

Vince Miller's new edition of Understanding Digital Culture is a key reading for everyone who wants to come to grips with the complexities of media, the economy, culture, society, privacy, surveillance, politics, the public sphere, identity, crime, terror, war, community, and the body in the digital age. 

Christian Fuchs
University of Westminster

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