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Understanding Digital Culture

by Vince Miller SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
02/2011
ISBN:
9781847874979
Format:
Pbk 264 pages
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This is more than just another book on Internet studies. Tracing the pervasive influence of 'digital culture' throughout contemporary life, this text integrates socio-economic understandings of the 'information society' with the cultural studies approach to production, use, and consumption of digital media and multimedia.

Refreshingly readable and packed with examples from profiling databases and mashups to cybersex and the truth about social networking.
Understanding Digital Culture: Ôó crosses disciplines to give a balanced account of the social, economic and cultural dimensions of the information society Ôó illuminates the increasing importance of mobile, wireless and converged media technologies in everyday life Ôó unpacks how the information society is transforming and challenging traditional notions of crime, resistance, war and protest, community, intimacy and belonging Ôó charts the changing cultural forms associated with new media and its consumption, including music, gaming, microblogging and online identity Ôó illustrates the above through a series of contemporary, in-depth case studies of digital culture. This is the perfect text for students looking for a full account of the information society, virtual cultures, sociology of the Internet and new media.

Introduction
1. What Are Digital Media?
2. The Economic Foundations of the Information Age
3. Convergence and the Contemporary Media Experience
4. Digital Inequality
5. Privacy and Surveillance
6. Information Politics, Subversion and Warfare
7. Digital Identity
8. Social Media and the Problem of Community
9. The Body and Information Technology
Conclusion: Base, Superstructure and Infrastructure: Revisited

'This is a terrifically wide-ranging and interesting dissection of the main causes, characteristics and consequences of increasingly all-pervasive digital cultures'John Urry, Distinguished Professor,
Dept of Sociology, Lancaster University




'This is an outstanding book. It is one of only a few scholarly texts that successfully combine a nuanced theoretical understanding of the digital age with empirical case studies of contemporary media culture. The scope of this book is impressive, ranging from questions of digital inequality to emergent forms of cyberpolitics. It is essential reading for students and seasoned academics alike.' Professor Nick Gane,
York University




Vincent Miller is Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent