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New Media: A Critical Introduction
With this text, a team of authors from the University of West England provide a comprehensive overview of the culture, technologies and history of new media and assess claims that a media and technology revolution is underway.
Paperback, 446 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Routledge
(first published 2003)
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This is by far the best written new media text I've come across. It addresses and complicates many false assumptions about media and equally presents multiple sides to a debate. Additionally, I really appreciate that it defines cultural terms that are often taken for granted (that we know what they mean) or are misused. It addresses media from many perspectives - technological, social, historical, and cultural - I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in moving beyond the typical " ...more
Though I don't have too much experience reading *textbooks* about new media, this one struck me as particularly well-done and thorough. Though I'm not always wholly convinced by the authors' conclusions, their synthetic and clear approach that takes into account an incredibly broad swath of writing on all different types of new media is much appreciated. I plan to use many portions of this book in a course I will soon be teaching, as well as model some of its case studies in choosing others that ...more
I borrowed this book to brush up on a few things and I've since decided to buy it. The book covers a lot of ground and I could see it being really useful for teaching and readings. It's also handy for learning about or getting perspective on new media topics which you aren't so familiar with.