Digitized Lives

Digitized Lives

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In a remarkably short period of time the Internet and associated digital communication technologies have deeply changed the way millions of people around the globe live their lives. But what is the nature of that impact? In chapters examining a broad range of issuesa€”including sexuality, politics, education, race, gender relations, the environment, and social protest movementsa€”Digitized Lives seeks answers to these central questions: What is truly new about so-called qnew media, q and what is just hype? How have our lives been made better or worse by digital communication technologies? In what ways can these devices and practices contribute to a richer cultural landscape and a more sustainable society? Cutting through the vasta€”and often contradictorya€”literature on these topics, Reed avoids both techno-hype and techno-pessimism, offering instead succinct, witty and insightful discussions of how digital communication is impacting our lives and reshaping the major social issues of our era. The book argues that making sense of digitized culture means looking past the glossy surface of techno gear to ask deeper questions about how we can utilize technology to create a more socially, politically, and economically just world. Companion website available at: culturalpolitics.net/digital_culturesIf you think of identity as how you think about yourself, subject position is where social structures beyond yourself place you in the world. Some elements of subject position can change over time, but they remain extremely good predictors of belief and action. ... American universities, I notice this when assigning biographical essays; students invariably stress their personal uniqueness in their essays.

Title:Digitized Lives
Author: T.V. Reed
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-06-05

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