The Network Society: Social Aspects of New Media

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SAGE, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 292 pages
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How are we to understand the causes of the telecommunications revolution? How can we begin to predict its consequences?

The last three decades have witnessed a dramatic acceleration in the use, demand, and need for telecommunications, data communication, and mass communication transmitted and integrated into networks. Through a synthesis of contemporary theories about modernization, this book offers a broad-ranging introduction to the 'network' society in all its aspects.

The Network Society:

Analyzes the new media in all their technical, economic, political, sociological, cultural and psychological aspects.

Examines the new media in terms of their impact on both public policy and private life.

Compares legal and policy initiatives in North America, Europe, Eastern Asia, and the Third World.

Enables the reader to critical assess the 'hype' which surrounds the Internet and other new media.

In comparison to the boundless speculation accompanying the new media, this book offers a well-balanced but critical overview of the telecommunications revolution. In providing an interdisciplinary yet highly accessible introduction to the field, it will be essential reading for all students of media and communication studies.

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??Jan Van Dijk is Professor of Victimology at Tilburg University and is a leading European criminologist with broad experience as researcher, teacher, and policy adviser of the Dutch government and the European Commission. From 1999 to 2004, he worked as policy director on crime issues for the United Nations in Vienna. He has published several books and more than a hundred articles on international crime trends, crime prevention, and victims??? rights. His main publications to date include Experiences of Crime Across the World, student edition (Kluwer Law and Taxation, 1990-1991) and Caring for Crime Victims (Criminal Justice Press, 1997). He is a member of the American Society of Criminology and past president of the World Society of Victimology.

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