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Broadband Society and Generational Changes


Edited By Fausto Colombo and Leopoldina Fortunati

The role generations play in accepting and shaping digital technologies, and possibly vice versa, is an increasingly relevant issue in contemporary society. For the first time in the academic debate, this volume outlines the theoretical issues and explores some results from empirical researches on the relationship between generations and the media in digital society. The first part of the book deals with the theoretical debate on generations, from Mannheim’s to the revisiting of some classical notions shaped by disciplines as history, demography, marketing and sociology. The second part gathers a selection of researches at international level, with particular attention to the European context. Though each research used specific methodologies, the main approaches focused on media domestication by young and old generations, and on the comparative analyses of different generations in adopting media.


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5 Acknowledgements The editors wish to thank Andrea Cuman, Elizabeth Moffatt, Matteo Stefanelli and Silvia Tarassi for their helpful contribution in the editing and proofreading of this volume. The editors wish to thank Peter Lang AG, Berlin for their support in establishing a new series on new ICT and society called Participation in Broadband Society. This publication is supported by COST Office and their staff is acknowledged for their assistance together with the COST Action 298 Chair Bartolomeo Sapio and Vice Chair Tomaz Turk. The members of COST Action 298 Working Group “Humans as e-actors” are thanked for their support during the production of this book. These are: Julian Gebhardt, Hajo Greif, Amparo Lasen, Claire Lobet-Maris, Andraž Petrovčič, Lilia Raycheva, Panayiota Tsatsou, Olga Vershinskaya and Jane Vincent. COST – the acronym for European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research – is the oldest and widest European intergovernmental network for cooperation in research. Established by the Ministerial Conference in November 1971, COST is presently used by the scientific communities of 35 European countries to cooperate in common research projects supported by national funds.Web: ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework programme COST 298 – Participation in the Broadband Society The present publication is funded also by MIUR (Italian Ministry of University) as dissemination activity related to the Research Project of National Interest (PRIN 2006) Media and generations in Italian Society

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