With the increased digitisation of society comes an increased concern about who is left behind. From societal causes to the impact of everyday actions, The Digital Disconnect explores the relationship between digital and social inequalities, and the lived consequences of digitisation. Ellen J. Helsper goes beyond questions of digital divides and who is connected. She asks why and how social and digital inequalities are linked and shows the tangible outcomes of socio-digital inequalities in everyday lives. The book:  • Introduces the key theories and concepts needed to understand both ‘traditional’ and digital inequalities research.  • Investigates a range of socio-digital inequalities, from digital access and skills, to civic participation, social engagement, and everyday content creation and consumption.  • Brings research to life with a range of qualitative vignettes, drawing out the personal experiences that lay at the heart of global socio-digital inequalities. The Digital Disconnect is an expert exploration of contemporary theory, research and practice in socio-digital inequalities. It is also an urgent and impassioned call to broaden horizons, expand theoretical and methodological toolkits, and work collectively to help achieve a fairer digital future for all. Ellen J. Helsper is Professor of Digital Inequalities at the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics and Political Science.

Inequalities in Content Creation and Consumption in Digital Societies

Inequalities in Content Creation and Consumption in Digital Societies

‘In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people. … We now have a democratic technology, a technology which can help us all to produce and consume the new, “unpopular”, … each perfectly customised to our elective cults.’

(Artist, Momus, 1991)

There is one more area of potential socio-digital inequalities left to tackle in this book, inequalities in how we express ourselves, share our passions, and unwind. This is a major part of our social and digital lives. There is an ocean of digital content online shared and created by millions. On YouTube alone, around 500 hours of video are uploaded every minute, watched by two billion viewers ...

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