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Digital Media

Transformations in Human Communication

Paul Messaris and Lee Humphreys

The age of digital media has given rise to a new social world. It is a world in which the transmission of information from the few to the many is steadily being supplanted by the multi-directional flow of facts, lies, and ideas. It is a world in which hundreds of millions of people are voluntarily depositing large amounts of personal details in publicly accessible databases. It is a world in which interpersonal relationships are increasingly being conducted in the virtual sphere. Above all, this is a world that seems to be veering off in unpredictable ways from the trends of the immediate past. This book is a probing examination of that world, and of the changes that it has ushered into our lives.

In more than thirty essays by a wide range of scholars, this must-have second edition examines the impact of digital media in six areas – information, persuasion, community, gender and sexuality, surveillance and privacy, and cross-cultural communication – and offers an invaluable guide for students and scholars alike. With one exception, all essays are completely new or revised for this volume.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • Film, TV & radio (AP)
      • Films, cinema (APF)
  • Language (C)
    • Language: reference & general (CB)
      • Public speaking guides (CBP)
  • Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Communication studies (GTC)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Media studies (JFD)
  • Computing & information technology (U)
    • Information technology: general issues (UB)
      • Ethical & social aspects of IT (UBJ)
    • Digital lifestyle (UD)

BISAC Classifications

  • Art (ART)
    • ART / Business Aspects (ART043000)
  • Computers (COM)
    • COMPUTERS / Information Theory (COM031000)
  • Language Arts & Disciplines (LAN)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies (LAN004000)
    • Library & Information Science (LAN025)
      • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General (LAN025000)
  • Performing Arts (PER)
    • Film & Video (PER004)
      • PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General (PER004000)
  • Political Science (POL)
    • POLITICAL SCIENCE / General (POL000000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • Sociology (SOC026)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General (SOC026000)
  • Technology & Engineering (TEC)
    • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Telecommunications (TEC041000)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • Performing arts (AT)
      • Films, cinema (ATF)
  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Communication studies (GTC)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Cultural & media studies (JBC)
        • Media studies (JBCT)
  • Computing & Information Technology (U)
    • Information technology: general issues (UB)
      • Ethical & social aspects of IT (UBJ)
    • Digital lifestyle (UD)
    • Computer networking & communications (UT)
  • Children’s, Teenage & Educational (Y)
    • Educational material (YP)
      • Educational: Humanities & social sciences, general (YPJ)
        • Educational: Social sciences, social studies (YPJJ)