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Communication and «The Good Life»


Edited By Hua Wang

What is a «good life» and how can it be achieved? In this volume, communication scholars and media experts explore these fundamental questions about human existence and aspiration in terms of what a «good life» might look like in a contemporary, mediatized society. While in many ways a mediatized society brings us closer to some version of the «good life», it also leads us away from it. The affordances of new technologies seem to have shifted, for many, from an opportunity to an obligation. Rather than choosing when and where to be connected to these larger networks of information and acquaintances, we feel we must be permanently available, thus losing the luxury of controlling our time and attention.
This volume illuminates the complexity of our modern era, exploring how society can leverage exciting new opportunities whilst recognizing the complex challenges we face in a time of constant change. It helps us understand how we have come to this point and where we may be going so that we may study the opportunities and the dangers, the chances and the risks, that digital media pose in our quest for some version of «the good life».
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Saleem Alhabash is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media, jointly appointed by the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He received his PhD from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. His research focuses on the processes and effects of using new and social media. More specifically, his research untangles the ways in which computer-mediated communication can facilitate persuasion.

Meryl Alper is a PhD candidate in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She studies the social and cultural implications of networked communication technologies, with a particular focus on disability and digital media, children and families’ technology use, and mobile communication. Prior to USC, she worked in the children’s media industry as a researcher and strategist with Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, and Disney. Her research has been published in a number of journals, including New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, and Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. Her book, Digital Youth with Disabilities (MIT, 2014), examines the out-of-school media and technology experiences of children, adolescents, and teenagers with disabilities in the digital age. Alper graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern ← 247 | 248 → University, double majoring in Communication Studies and History. She also holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA.

Peng Hwa Ang is a Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and...

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