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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 ...

About Scarcities and Intermediaries: The Regulatory Paradigm Shift of Digital Content Reviewed
About scarcities and intermediaries: The regulatory paradigm shift of digital content reviewed
Stefaan G. Verhulst

Much discussion about the digitalization of content and the consequent convergence of broadcasting, telecommunications and IT suggests that digitalization challenges existing communications regulation (Gillett and Vogelsang, 1999; Verhulst and Marsden, 1999; Verhulst et al., 1999). Familiar and traditional regulatory models are suddenly questioned and brought into conflict (Hitchens, 1997). This chapter starts from the assumption that the search for appropriate regulatory and policy responses necessary as a result of the policy vacuum created by new technologies is leading to a ‘paradigm shift’, in Thomas Kuhn's traditional sense of the word.1 Kuhn describes the uncertainty and chaotic process of changing ...

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