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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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Names: Messaris, Paul, editor. | Humphreys, Lee, editor. Title: Digital media: transformations in human communication / edited by Paul Messaris, Lee Humphreys. Description: Second edition. | New York: Peter Lang, 2017. Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016045988 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3286-5 (paperback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3955-0 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3956-7 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-3957-4 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Digital media—Social aspects. | Multimedia systems. Online social networks. | Human-machine systems. Classification: LCC QA76.575 .D5383 2017 | DDC 006.7—dc23 DOI 10.3726/978-1-4331-3955-0 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016045988

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