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The Dark Side of Media and Technology

A 21st Century Guide to Media and Technological Literacy

Edited By Edward Downs

The Dark Side of Media and Technology: A 21st Century Guide to Media and Technological Literacy is Herculean in its effort to survey for landmines in a rapidly changing media landscape. The book identifies four dark outcomes related to media and technology use in the 21st century, and balances the dark side with four points of light that are the keys to taking ownership of a media- and technology-saturated world. The text contains an impressive list of multi-disciplinary experts and cutting-edge researchers who approach 25 separate dark side issues with concise, highly readable chapters, replete with unique recommendations for navigating our mediated present and future.

The Dark Side of Media and Technology is grounded in theory and current research, but possesses an appeal similar to a page-turning dystopian novel; as a result, this volume should be of interest to scholars, students, and curious lay-readers alike. It should be the "go-to" text for anyone who is interested in learning what the research says about how we use media and technology, as well as how media and technology use us.

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Jennifer Stevens Aubrey (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona. With an emphasis on gender and child/adolescent development, her research focuses on media effects on emotional, mental, and physical health in young people. Topically, her research tends to center on issues related to sexuality and body image. Her research has been published in such journals as Health Communication, Media Psychology, and Journal of Communication.

Nicholas David Bowman (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University, where he founded and directs the Interaction Lab (#ixlab). His work considers the intersection of communication technology and human interaction, and the manner in which mediated communication places a variety of different demands on users. He has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 50 book chapters related to these issues, and his work has been recognized by regional, national, and international associations. He is the current editor of Communication Research Reports and is an associate editor of Journal of Media Psychology, and he serves on a number of editorial boards, external review panels, and grant committees. His most recent book is the edited volume, Video games: A medium that demands our attention (Routledge, 2018). ← 299 | 300 →

Aaron R. Boyson (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His research focuses on the social, psychological, and cultural...

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