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The Digital Turn: User’s Practices and Cultural Transformations

Edited By Pille Runnel, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Piret Viires and Marin Laak

By combining the analysis of the new forms and environments of the digital world with critical scholarship of the role of the users, this book argues that cultural field is facing a challenge of the digital turn. The digital turn hereby implies that changes in the use and application of digital technology bring on changes in practice and in the relationships between cultural institutions and audiences. We approach the changes in society from the structural (institutional) as well as from the agential (audiences, users, individuals) perspective. The authors represented in this book share the view that there is no need to fear the new media pushing aside traditional cultural forms, acknowledging at the same time that the scope of this cultural change is far from understood.

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photo: Leonhard Lapin, „Cosmic Machine“ © Estonian Authors’ Society 2013 This book was published with the support of Estonian Science Foundation grants no. 7679, no. 8006 and the target financed research project no. SF0030065s08. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data The digital turn : user’s practices and cultural transformations / Pille Runnel, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Piret Viires, Marin Laak (eds.). pages cm I SBN 978-3-631-64035-7 1. Information technology—Social aspects. 2. Mass media—Techno- lo gical innovations. 3. Digital media—Social aspects. I. Runnel, Pi lle. II. Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Pille. III. Viires, Piret, 1963- H M851.D54525 2013 30 2.23'1—dc23 2013008646 ISBN 978-3-631-64035-7 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. PL Academic Research is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Berlin · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. www.peterlang.de

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