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Broadband Society and Generational Changes

Colombo, Fausto / Fortunati, Leopoldina (eds.)

Broadband Society and Generational Changes

Series: Participation in Broadband Society - Volume 5

Year of Publication: 2011

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 317 pp., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-631-60419-9 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.510 kg, 1.124 lbs

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Book synopsis

The role generations play in accepting and shaping digital technologies, and possibly vice versa, is an increasingly relevant issue in contemporary society. For the first time in the academic debate, this volume outlines the theoretical issues and explores some results from empirical researches on the relationship between generations and the media in digital society. The first part of the book deals with the theoretical debate on generations, from Mannheim’s to the revisiting of some classical notions shaped by disciplines as history, demography, marketing and sociology. The second part gathers a selection of researches at international level, with particular attention to the European context. Though each research used specific methodologies, the main approaches focused on media domestication by young and old generations, and on the comparative analyses of different generations in adopting media.


Contents: Fausto Colombo/Leopoldina Fortunati: Introduction. Broadband, Media and Generational Approach: a New Starting Point? – Fausto Colombo: The Long Wave of Generations – Michael Corsten: Media as the Historical New for Young Generations – Piermarco Aroldi: Generational Belonging Between Media Audiences and ICT Users – Jukka Kortti: The Problem of Generation and Media History – Marriann Hardey: ICTs and Generations - Constantly Connected Social Lives – Giovanni Boccia Artieri: Generational «We Sense» in the Networked Space. User Generated Representation of the Youngest Generation – Andra Siibak: Online Peer Culture and Interpretive Reproduction on the Social Networking Site Profiles of the Tweens – Mutlu Binark/Günseli Bayraktutan Sütcü: Usage Patterns of New Media by Turkish New Middle Class Young People – Ariela Mortara: Generations and Media Fruition of Social Networks – Marco Centorrino: The Image of the «Digital Native» and the Generation Gap – Matteo Treleani: The Access to Memory in Video Archives On-Line. Generational Roles on YouTube and Ina.fr – Agnese Vellar: «Lost» (And Found) in Transculturation. The Italian Networked Collectivism of US TV Series and Fansubbing Performances – Leopoldina Fortunati: Digital Native Generations and the New Media – Vesna Dolničar/Sonja Müller/Marco Santi: Designing Technologies for Older People: a User-Driven Research Approach for the SOPRANO Project – Alberta Contarello/Mauro Sarrica/Diego Romaioli: Ageing in a Broadband Society. An Exploration on ICTs, Emotional Experience and Social Well-being within a Social Representation Perspective – Eugène Loos: Generational Use of New Media and the (Ir)revelance of Age – Chiara Carini/Ivana Pais: Business Social Networks: an ‘Age Levelling’ Service? – Tanja Oblak Črnič: The Generational Gap and Diverse Roles of Computer Technology: The Case of Slovenian Households.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Fausto Colombo is Full Professor of Media Theories and Media and Politics at the Catholic University of Milan, and Director of Osscom (Research Center on Media and Communication) since 1994.
Leopoldina Fortunati is Professor of the Sociology of Communication at the University of Udine and co-chair of the international association The Society for the Social Study of Mobile Communication (SSSMC).


Participation in Broadband Society. Vol. 5
Edited by Leopoldina Fortunati, Julian Gebhardt and Jane Vincent