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Understanding New Media

Second Edition


© 2018 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The new media landscape touches every aspect of our social, political and cultural lives. It is more important than ever, therefore, that we are able to understand and explain the complexity of our digital world.

Understanding New Media gives students the tools and the knowledge they need to make sense of the relationship between technologies, media and society. This best-selling student introduction:

  • Makes complex ideas accessible, clearly explaining the key thinkers, theories and research students need to understand
  • Brings theory to life with a range of new case studies, from selfies or trolling, to the app economy and algorithms in social media
  • Gets students started on projects and essays with guided research activities, showing them how to successfully put learning into practice
  • Provides guided further reading, helping students to navigate the literature and extend their studies beyond the chapter

Understanding New Media remains the perfect guide to the past, present and future of the new media world. It is a vital resource for students across media and communication studies and sociology, and anyone exploring new media, social media or digital media.

 
Preface
 
1. Understanding New Media
 
2. The Political Economy of New Media
 
3. Politics and Citizenship
 
4. Divides, Participation and Inequality
 
5. New Media Uses and Abuses
 
6. Security, Surveillance and Safety
 
7. New Media and Journalism
 
8. Mobile Media and Everyday Life
 
9. New Media and Identity
 
10. Socialities and Social Media
 
11. Games and Gaming
 
12. The Future of New Media

An extremely well constructed, accessible and wide ranging account of the consequences of living in an increasingly networked world.

Martin Everett
University of Manchester

This is an ideal balance between technology and society, and theoretical explanations and real-life applications. Now even more comprehensive, this book illuminates, provokes, and gets students to think more deeply and critically about their media environment. A must-read! 

Pieter Verdegem
University of Westminster

This second edition offers a fresh perspective on a range of timely topics and case studies and comprises an essential reading for new media students who aim to develop an overarching understanding of new media theories, phenomena and advancements. The research activities in the various chapters of the book enable students to put their learning into practice and develop applied knowledge. 

Panayiota Tsatsou
University of Leicester

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 7: New Media & Journalism

Chapter 9: New Media and identity


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