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New Media: A Critical Introduction

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New Media: A Critical Introduction is 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 is underway and formulates new ways for media studies to respond to new technologie ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 21st 2003 by Routledge (first published 2003)
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Jacqueline
Mar 24, 2008 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Elizabeth
Dec 06, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Debra Manskey
Jun 03, 2016 Debra Manskey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a required text for my current university unit and while it is incredibly informative, it is at times very dense. A lot of weekly readings were taken from this and in terms of study and providing an academic view of something so many of us take for granted, it is an absolute winner.
New Media is most definitely a text book for communications students. If you have an interest in the subject there's certainly something here for you but I couldn't recommend it for light reading!
Kirsty Shark
Sep 27, 2013 Kirsty Shark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carol
Nov 28, 2007 Carol rated it liked it
potentially interesting material, but boring to sit and read through
Ez
Jul 21, 2012 Ez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great if new media and convergence is your thing..........it's not mine!
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