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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 New Economy: Internet Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce?
The new economy: Internet telecommunications and electronic commerce?
Peter LovelockJohn Ure

During the year when this chapter was written, the first phase, or lurch, of the Internet economy had played itself out with the bursting of the dot.com bubble. Claims, hardly theories, of a ‘new economy’ backed by a ‘new economics’ or ‘silicon economics’ came thick and fast during this first phase, driven in the popular imagination by the very ‘new media’ that were part and parcel of the phenomenon. It was also promoted for all it was worth by the IT companies and telecom equipment manufacturers who stood to gain the most from the boom. Suddenly the Internet was fashionable, even in the literal sense as IT ...

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