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This is the first major review of interactive technologies and their cultural and social context. This is more than a welcome addition to one's library; it is the authoritative overview of international research perspectives on interactive media technologies by leading scholars around the world” – Ellen Wartella, University of Texas at Austin “The Handbook of New Media is a landmark for the study of information and communication technologies within the field of communication. Its international team of editors and authors has brought together insights gained from over two decades of scholarly research. This indispensable reference demonstrates an increased maturity and stature for “new media” research within the field” – William H Dutton, University of Southern California “A truly comprehensive and authoritative volume. This Handbook will ...

The Economics of Information and Industrial Change
The economics of information and industrial change
Don Lamberton

The economics of information is not a tidy, separate small part of economics for some reason of special interest in media matters. The information perspective is a significant challenge to the whole corpus of economics, with destructive implications for mainstream economic theory and its analytical and policy outcomes, yet holding great potential for new theory, new approaches to organization, and new solutions to decision and policy problems. Information, which includes knowledge or ‘information of indefinite tenure’ (Machlup, 1982: 9), is multifaceted: a resource, a commodity, a perception of pattern, a constitutive force in society (Braman, 1989). It is central to the making of decisions by consumers, business and governments and ...

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