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Digital Media

Transformations in Human Communication

Paul Messaris and Lee Humphreys

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.

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JoongHo Ahn is an Emeritus Professor of Management Information Systems, Graduate School of Business, Seoul National University. He earned both his PhD and MPhil from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and his MPA and BA from Seoul National University. His areas of interests include business transformation, electronic/mobile business and interorganizational information systems, strategic use of information technology in government and business, and IT governance. He was a board member of the National Information Agency and a member of The Presidential Council for National Information Strategy, Republic of Korea. He is a founding member and was past president of Korea Society of MIS and president and founder of the Korean Association of IT Governance.

Yair Amichai-Hamburger received his PhD from Oxford University. He is the director of the Research Center for Internet Psychology (CIP), based at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He has worked for many years as an industrial consultant, advising many leading organizations. He has written widely on the impact of the Internet on well-being. His first book, The Social Net: Human Behavior in Cyberspace, was published by Oxford University Press in 2005 and his second book, Technology and Psychological Well-being, by Cambridge University. His third book The Social Net: Understanding Our Online Behavior was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

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