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Digital Media 2

Digital Media 2: Transformations in Human Communication (Peter Lang, 2017) was co-edited with UPenn Annenberg Professor Paul Messaris, who recently passed away. This book updates our previous collection of essays regarding how digital media are changing the ways we communicate. This updated collection brings together some of the world’s top scholars in the fields of communication, media studies and internet studies to explore critical questions about identity, persuasion, sexuality, politics, privacy, and globalization. We’re excited for the opportunity to update our earlier collection with these outstanding scholars.




Book Description:

The age of digital media has given rise to a new social world. It is a world in which the transmission of information from the few to the many is steadily being supplanted by the multi-directional flow of facts, lies, and ideas. It is a world in which hundreds of millions of people are voluntarily depositing large amounts of personal details in publicly accessible databases. It is a world in which interpersonal relationships are increasingly being conducted in the virtual sphere. Above all, this is a world that seems to be veering off in unpredictable ways from the trends of the immediate past. This book is a probing examination of that world, and of the changes that it has ushered into our lives.

In more than thirty essays by a wide range of scholars, this must-have second edition examines the impact of digital media in six areas—information, persuasion, community, gender and sexuality, surveillance and privacy, and cross-cultural communication—and offers an invaluable guide for students and scholars alike. With one exception, all essays are completely new or revised for this volume.