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Palgrave Macmillan

Digital Media and Society

Transforming Economics, Politics and Social Practices

ISBN 9781137393616
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Referencing key contemporary debates on issues such as surveillance, identity, the global financial crisis, the digital divide and Internet politics, this book is a critical intervention in discussions on the impact of the proliferation of digital media technologies on politics, the economy and social practices. Divided into three parts, the first highlights the way in which digital media challenges normative conceptions of the public sphere and discusses this in relation to the creation of new forms of knowledge through the digitization of scholarly resources and the impact of digital media on traditional conceptions of identity. The second part focuses on the digital economy, emphasizing the opportunities it affords through the creative industries, as well as the threat posed by the computerization of the financial industry, and the third part focuses on uses of digital media through a number of case studies relating to online reading, the new social movements, surveillance and the developing world.

Andrew White is Associate Professor and Faculty Director of Research at the University of Nottingham's China campus. He has published numerous articles on digital media, creative industries and Northern Irish politics in many journals, including First Monday, International Journal of Cultural Policy and Irish Political Studies.

Contents
List of Tables
Preface
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
PART I: POLITICS AND DIGITAL MEDIA: THE IMPACT OF DIGITAL MEDIA ON THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPHERES
Introduction to Part I
1 From the Public to the Private: The Digitization of Scholarship
2. From the Private to the Public: Online Identity
3. Digital Media and Politics in the Liberal Democratic State
Conclusion of Part I
PART II: THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
Introduction to Part II
4. The Digital Economy and the Creative Industries
5 The Digital Economy and the Global Financial Crisis
PART III: DIGITAL MEDIA USE
Introduction to Part III
6. Reading/Using Digital Media
7. The New Social Movements
8 Surveillance: The Role of Databases in Contemporary Societies
9. Digital Media Use in the Developing World
Epilogue
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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"White has provided a ground-breaking examination of the implications of digital media for the fundamental workings of society. Its international perspective makes this new classic required reading for any serious student of media in the age of global and digital communication." - John Pavlik, Rutgers, USA
"In his new book, Andrew White takes the bird's eye view of digital media. He carefully guides us through the theoretical minefields opened up by the networked world: identity politics, the distinction between private/public, the democratic state, economics, surveillance, and other key concepts. White appears a reliable guide who knows how to strike a balance between complexity and elucidation, between argument and exposition, between summary and probe. I am confident this book will be very useful for students and faculty alike. It addresses poignant issues in a clear voice." - José van Dijck, University of Amsterdam, and author of The Culture of Connectivity (2013)
"Overall this book is an engaging contribution to the growing literature on the intersection of the public and private within an ever-changing digital landscape. White's summaries of the often complex debates are always accessible, while his use of case studies gives these debates the real world context they might otherwise lack.'- Maxine Montaigne, LSE Review of Books, 2014
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