Digitized Lives: Culture, Power, and Social Change in the by T.V. Reed

By T.V. Reed

In a remarkably brief time period the net and linked electronic communique applied sciences have deeply replaced the way in which thousands of individuals around the world stay their lives. yet what's the nature of that impression? In chapters studying a vast diversity of issues—including sexuality, politics, schooling, race, gender relatives, the surroundings, and social protest movements—Digitized Lives seeks solutions to those significant questions: what's actually new approximately so-called "new media," and what's simply hype? How have our lives been made larger or worse via electronic verbal exchange applied sciences? In what methods can those units and practices give a contribution to a richer cultural panorama and a extra sustainable society?

Cutting throughout the vast—and frequently contradictory—literature on those issues, Reed avoids either techno-hype and techno-pessimism, supplying as a substitute succinct, witty and insightful discussions of ways electronic conversation is impacting our lives and reshaping the most important social problems with our period. The ebook argues that making experience of digitized tradition ability taking a look earlier the sleek floor of techno equipment to invite deeper questions about how we will be able to make the most of know-how to create a extra socially, politically, and economically simply global.

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Digital devices and platforms. How does a person’s idea of geography change when they work primarily with mobile devices? What is the impact of digital surveillance on a worker whose every keyboard stroke is being read by the boss? What is the impact on one’s sense of self, community and privacy of being in an always-connected state through a smartphone? And so on. One particularly intense kind of audience, fans, has received a great deal of attention in relationship to digital culture. While fandom has a long history prior to the rise of the Net, the online world has exponentially increased the amount and depth of fan activity.

But first we might ask, is there really only one Internet that has been in existence since the 1970 or ’80s, as most histories tell it? Or is it more accurate to think of a series of Internets, because the nature, scope, uses and meaning of the Internet(s) have changed so much over time? The Internet is more like a process than a thing. At the very least the Internet we know today has evolved through several 31 32 HOW IS THE DIGITAL WORLD MADE? very different phases, and will go through more radical changes in the future.

So, while the term new can be misleading, and overemphasis on media form over the content can be a problem at time, the name new media studies points to a variety of key questions about (relative) newness, and to what is or is not truly new about cultures reshaped by digital media. A second term, cyberculture studies, was popular for quite a while to name the field, but fell into some disrepute in the 2010s. On the one hand, the term rightly points to one of the key aspects of (much but not all) new media, the fact that it favors cybernetic systems, that is systems in which non-human devices or processes do things previously only done by humans.

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