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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 Electronic Generation? Children and New Media
The electronic generation? children and new media
David Buckingham

Some grand claims have been made about the impact of new media on children's lives. Like the idea of childhood itself, new technology is often invested with our most intense fantasies and fears. It holds out the promise of a better future, while simultaneously provoking anxieties about a fundamental break with the past. In this scenario, children are perceived both as the avant-garde of media users and as the ones who are most at risk from new developments. Childhood therefore provides a revealing lens through which many broader aspects of new media can be more clearly seen.

This chapter focuses on children's uses of new media (particularly computers) in the context ...

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