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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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There are so many people to thank when it comes to preparing a book, especially an edited text. I’d first like to thank Lindsey and Ivy, for giving me the necessary space to work on such a task, as well as for reminding me that there are more important things in this life than deadlines. To the contributing authors of this book, I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude. I cannot thank you all enough for your openness to my vision, and for sharing your expertise. I learned something new from every single one of you. I owe a special debt of gratitude to my doctoral advisor, Dr. Mary Beth Oliver, for helping to shape and mold my academic sensibilities. To my family, who have supported me over the years, I sincerely thank you. All of the late night chats around the fires, kitchens, and homes helped me to become the inquisitive person that I am today. To my academic family, thank you for the space (both literally and figuratively), course releases (Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Susan N. Maher), and support to complete this project. To all of my friends, your encouragement, support, interest, and check-ins over the past year-and-a-half have helped to provide the necessary motivation to see this through to the end. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t include a shout-out to Kathryn Harrison, Jennifer Beszley and the editorial assistants at Peter Lang Publishing. Thank you, for your professionalism...

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