New Media: A Critical Introduction

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Taylor & Francis, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 446 pages
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New Media: A Critical Introductionis a comprehensive introduction to the culture, history, technologies and theories of new media. Written especially for students, the book considers the ways in which 'new media' really are new, assesses the claims that a media and technological revolution has taken place and formulates new ways for media studies to respond to new technologies.

The authors introduce a wide variety of topics including: how to define the characteristics of new media; social and political uses of new media and new communications; new media technologies, politics and globalization; everyday life and new media; theories of interactivity, simulation, the new media economy; cybernetics, cyberculture, the history of automata and artificial life.

Substantially updated from the first edition to cover recent theoretical developments, approaches and significant technological developments, this is the best and by far the most comprehensive textbook available on this exciting and expanding subject.

At you will find:

  • additional international case studies with online references
  • specially created You Tubevideos on machines and digital photography
  • a new 'Virtual Camera' case study, with links to short film examples
  • useful links to related websites, resources and research sites
  • further online reading links to specific arguments or discussion topics in the book
  • links to key scholars in the field of new media.

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New Media : A Critical Introduction is interesting and knowledgeable comprehension of new media. The description of key media terminologies attached with new media is explicitly discussed in the book. I highly recommend this book for new student interested to study the basic concepts of new media. M.Khalil Khan, Ph.D Student, Zhejiang University, China 

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This is an exceptional text for introducing contemporary students to the concepts, theory, history and practice of new media. It effectively covers every major perspective in an accessible, interesting way. Best of all, it is geared towards today's generation of 'digital native' learners who are familiar with the uses of new media technology but often have little to no awareness of the background or context of these in society. Highly recommended! 


1 New Media and New Technologies
2 New Media and Visual Culture
3 Networks Users and Economics
4 New Media in Everyday Life
Technology Nature and Culture

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Jon Dovey, Seth Giddings, Kieran Kelly and Martin Lister are members of the Department of Culture, Media and Drama, in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Iain Grant is Head of Field in Philosophy, in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, all at the University of the West of England, Bristol

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