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Within the developed world, much of society experiences political, economic, and cultural life through a set of communication technologies barely older than many citizens. Society Online: The Internet in Context examines how new media technologies have not simply diffused across society, but how they have rapidly and deeply become embedded in our organizations and institutions. Society Online is not exclusively devoted to a particular technology, or specifically the Internet, but to a range of technologies and technological possibilities labeled "new media." Rather than trying to cover every possible topic relating to new communication technologies, this unique text is organized by how these new technologies mediate the community, political, economic, personal, and global spheres of our social lives. Editors Philip N. Howard and Steve Jones explore ...

The Disembodied Muse: Music in the Internet Age
The disembodied muse: Music in the internet age
Richard A.Peterson, Vanderbilt University
JohnRyan, Virginia Tech

Like every major technological change, the internet is having a profound effect on virtually all aspects of our society Some of these changes are only dimly apparent, and most are not fully actualized yet. In the area of popular music, the widespread sharing of music files is now the most widely commented-on effect of internet technology Some view the practice as a great boon to music appreciation, whereas others see it simply as an act of stealing private property and as a threat to the popular music industry as we have known it (Garrity, 2002). The terms of this debate change almost monthly, yet questions ...

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