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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 ...

Cultural Studies and Technology
Cultural studies and technology
Jennifer Daryl SlackJ. Macgregor Wise

Relating technology to culture – an admirable, if elusive, pursuit – has a long and rich history. For decades, at least, scholars and policy-makers have argued against approaches to technology that posit it as a mere technical tool and for approaches that acknowledge technology in relation to culture – ‘in context’ as it is often put. The difficulty is of course that the relationship between culture and technology is every bit as much a theoretical problem as it is a task of description, and technological practitioners are often unaware of the work performed by their own theoretical assumptions.1 A particularly pervasive tendency when discussing new technologies (including new communication and information technologies such ...

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