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New Media Worlds

Challenges for Convergence

Virginia Nightingale, Tim Dwyer


Using a combination of case study materials, theoretical reflection and critical analysis this book explores four central issues for the study of new media and their impact on their user communities
  • Impact of convergence on traditional media explores the implications of media convergence for everyday media use and for the policy context
  • Activism case studies explore how user communities with special access needs are ensuring they are not denied access to the emerging new media world
  • Access an overview of areas where the introduction of new media has created debate about which social and cultural groups will benefit and about new media policy
  • Participation examines the implications of the ommodification of information for the way audience formations are structured and operate
  • Case studies with a global perspective discuss the media activism of Indigenous communities; people living with disabilities; people confronted by crisis situations; urban youth groups and local communities
  • Addresses a unique combination of issues, including audience, policy, regulatory and industry analysis
  • Emphasises the way changes in the media are being experienced by various audiences
  • The useful pedagogical framework facilitates classroom discussion and debate without losing the distinctive character of contributions from an international team of writers and researchers
  • Challenges the view that social networking is an inherently democratising force by showing the challenges of policy, equal access and participation for all users
Part 1 Digitisation and Convergence
1. Technological Determinism and Mobile Privatisation Jim McGuigan
2. New Media Worlds? Challenges for Convergence Virginia Nightingale
3. New Media: The Policy Agenda Tim Dwyer
4. The Contrary 'Pulls' of Digital Media: Radio Listener Networks in the Era of Mobile Communications Media Jackie Cook Part Summary

Part 2 Activism
5. Indigenous People and the Communication Rights Agenda: A Global Perspective Juan Francisco Salazar
6. Disability and Online Culture Gerard Goggin and Christopher Newell
7. Crisis and Internet networks Ullamaija Kivikuru
8. Surfing Against the Tide: The Use of New Media Technologies for Social Activism in South Africa Herman  Wasserman
9. Participation, Play and Socialising in New Media Environments Gunn Enli and Trine Syvertsen
10. Creativity, Collaboration and New Media Innovation in a Community Context Elaine Lally
11. Community Media and the Public Sphere in Australia Jacqui Ewart, Susan Forde, Kerrie Foxwell and Michael Meadows Part Summary

Part 3 Access
12. 'Access Denied': Arguments about Equality and Access to New Media in the Information Society Stephen Lax
13. Participation, Access and Interaction: Changing Perspectives Nico Carpentier
14. Universal Access in South Africa: Broadening Communication or Building Infrastructure? Simon Burton and Anton van der Hoven
15. Dimensions in Media Diversity Tim Dwyer
16. On Fair Terms: Public Participation in Communications Regulation in Australia Derek Wilding Part Summary

Part 4 Participation
17. Emergence, Search and Social Networking Virginia Nightingale
18. Just Do It: The Brand As New Media Object Celia Lury
19. Digital Technologies and Moral Economies Graham Murdock Part Summary

Virginia Nightingale , Associate Professor, School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney

Tim Dwyer , Lecturer, University of Wester Sydney

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