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In the past 20 years, ‘new media’ has emerged as one of the most dynamic research fronts in media and communication, addressing the diversity and proliferation of new information and communication technologies and their social contexts. This growing field is both international and transdisciplinary. The editors have mined a rich collection of published material covering the historical, economic, social and behavioral issues at stake to trace the development and implications of new media.

Volume I: Visions, Histories, Mediation

The first volume offers an historical overview, as well as the ‘visions’ of a society influenced by new media put forward by such influential scholars as McLuhan, Innis, and Debord.

Volume II: Technology: Artifacts, Systems, Design

The second volume introduces new media as comprised of artefacts (technologies, hardware, systems themselves) and ...

Editors' Introduction: New Media



NO part of the world, no human activity, is untouched by the new media. Societies worldwide are being reshaped, for better or for worse, by changes in the global media and information environment. So too are the everyday lives of their citizens. National and sub-national forms of social, political, and economic inclusion and exclusion are reconfigured by the increasing reliance on information and communication technologies in mediating almost every dimension of social life. International processes of policy deliberation across both private and public sectors now routinely examine the influence and potential of new media on their core businesses – whether governance, education, culture, health, commerce, information, transportation, or other industries. Indeed, these deliberations are themselves increasingly managed via new media, as ...

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