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Interacting with Broadband Society


Leopoldina Fortunati, Jane Vincent and Julian Gebhardt

This book discusses the personal and social lives of e-actors interacting within the socio-technical structures of the evolving broadband society by exploring the different ways in which individuals, social groups, institutions, operators, manufactures, policy makers, designers and other parties contribute to human communication and social interaction in contemporary media societies. The volume covers four theoretical and empirical areas of research: the conceptual perspectives of e-actors, the emergence of new forms of agency, subjectivity, and mediated interpersonal communication, the everyday life experiences of e-actors, and finally the shaping policies and regulations in the broadband society.
Contents: Leopoldina Fortunati/Jane Vincent/Julian Gebhardt/Andraž Petrovčič/Olga Vershinskaya: Introduction: Approaching the notion of humans as e-actors interacting with Broadband Society – Leopoldina Fortunati: From ICT User to Broadband e-Actor – Gregor Petrič/Andraž Petrovčič/Vasja Vehovar: Communication Technology Use as a Structuration Process: Exploring the Communicative Portraits of Active Users – Hajo Greif/Oana Mitrea/Matthias Werner: Usability vs. Functionality? Mobile Broadband Technologies and User Agency – Giuseppina Pellegrino: Mediated Bodies in saturated environments: Participation as co-construction – Amparo Lasen: Mobile Culture and Subjectivities: an Example of the Shared Agency between People and Technology – Julian Gebhardt: Alfred Schütz and the media: The intersubjective constitution of mediated interpersonal communication in everyday life – Jane Vincent: Me and My Mobile – Vsevolod M. Zherebin: Information Society as the Law-governed Result of the Evolution of Information – Olga Vershinskaya: Theoretical Approach to the Concept of Humans as e-Actors – Lilia Raycheva: Television: The Good, The Bad and the Unexpected Challenges of ICT – Panayiota Tsatsou: Digital Divides in Greece: The Role of Culture and Regulation in Internet Adoption. Implications for the European Information Society – Vesna Dolničar: Regulating on an informed basis: Integrative methodological framework for monitoring the digital divide.