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New Media Worlds

Challenges for Convergence

Virginia Nightingale and Tim Dwyer

Publication Date - December 2007

ISBN: 9780195558364

368 pages


Using a combination of case study materials, theoretical reflection, and critical analysis, New Media Worlds explores four central issues for the study of new media and their impact on user communities:

  • The Impact of Convergence on Traditional Media: The text explores the implications of media convergence for everyday media use and for the policy context.

  • Activism: Case studies investigate how user communities with special access needs are ensuring they are not denied access to the emerging world of media.

  • Access: Overviews of controversial issues introduce the debate as to which social and cultural groups most benefit from new media policies.

  • Participation: The text examines how media modifications structure audience perception.

  • Discusses 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, and regulatory and industry analysis.
  • Emphasizes the way changes in the media are experienced by various audiences.
  • Challenges the view that social networking is an inherently democratizing force by showing the challenges of policy, equal access, and participation for all users.
  • The useful pedagogical framework facilitates classroom discussion and debate.

  • Table of Contents

      Part 1: Digitization and Convergence
      1. Technological Determinism and Mobile Privatization, 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 1 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 Socializing 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 2 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 3 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 4 Summary