Web.Studies: Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age

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This exciting and engaging book explores the ways in which people, organizations, and companies are using the Internet to project their interests and concerns into the world. Beginning with an introduction to cyberculture studies and ways to studying the web, Web.Studies moves on to consider everyday web life, web art and culture, web business, and global web politics and protest. Topics covered range from fan websites, web identities, and web design trends, to global capitalism and web allure, cybercrime and the politics of hacking and propaganda warfare via the web. Throughout the book are suggestions for ways in which students can use the web to further their own research. While there has been an explosion of books on the Internet, this is the first to offer students and general readers a comprehensive and coherent introduction to the new web base media culture.

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'Web.Studies sets the agenda for a new period of media research, one that gets to grips with the significance of new communications technologies and the global spaces in which they are so rapidly developing. I believe that this book will help considerably to take media studies in new directions.' - Professor Kevin Robins, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

'Like the Web itself, Web.Studies is by turns stimulating, informative, and provocative. It provides a useful and diverse collection of resources that will help us to understand the Web as a social and cultural medium, not just as a form of "information technology".' - Professor David Buckingham, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

"In Web.Studies, Gauntlett and the chapter authors have successfully provided a resource of scholarly discussions about Web cultures that take into consideration the broad range of social, economic, and political interactions that take place on the Web. Each of the three major sections of Web.Studies offers a unique and inclusive approach to the study of cyberculture. ... Taken as a whole, Web.Studies could serve as a rich survey piece for an undergraduate cyberculture course because it tackles many Web issues in short, understandable, and succinct chapters. On another level, some of the chapters offer theoretical and philosophical perspectives and citations more appropriate for advanced cyberculture studies which could be used to spur critical investigations into the unique avenues within Web cultures." -- Ryan Burns, Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma.

"In his book Web Studies: Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age, editor David Gauntlett sets out an interesting review of media studies and the Web, from both a sociological and cultural studies perspective. ... Web studies is excellent for both humanities students who are interested in aspects of the Web but are unsure where to start and for those who wish to discover what the Web has to offer. This book requires no specialist knowledge or prior-reading in the subject area to be able to understand what is being said. Web studies is, overall, a most enjoyable read." -- Cesar Basanta, Lecturer in Social Sciences and Research Methodology, Bath Spa University College.

"Web.Studies: Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age offers a fresh approach to a topic that has already seen a good deal of critical commentary. While a number of recent books focus on the way in which the best of textuality has informed the Web, David Gauntlett, the book's editor, has succeeded in illustrating the potential of following the opposite path. This collection of short, focused essays provides a ' web-like' variety of content, complete with links, in the form of URL boxes at the end of each chapter, and an impressive level of hypertextual referentiality between the entries. In short, this book is a 'killer site'. Overall, this book does a number of things very well and it does them at a time when there is a dearth of quality writing in this area. Web.Studies brings the best of the Web's tendency toward the succinct and informative and binds it in an affordable and useable format. It would make an excellent textbook for undergraduate media studies and could serve as an entry point for the digitally dubious members of the real world." -- Patrick Finn, University of Victoria

About the Author:

David Gauntlett, Lecturer in Social Communication, University of Leeds.

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