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Title:
Superconnected : the Internet, digital media, and techno-social life / Mary Chayko.
Author:
Chayko, Mary, 1960- author.
Published:
Los Angeles : SAGE, [2017]
Description:
ix, 262 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life brings together insights about digital technology and society from the many literatures in which author Mary Chayko is immersed: sociology, communication, psychology, media, and technology studies. The result is a groundbreaking analysis of contemporary social life as it is influenced by the internet, social media, and mobile devices. Individual chapters explore topics such as how digital technology helped to shape the modern information age; information sharing and surveillance; digital socialization and development of the self; digital inequalities; global impacts; and the impact of the internet and digital media across social institutions. The author’s clear non-technical discussions and interdisciplinary synthesis make Superconnected an essential text for courses in all departments that examine how social life is affected when information and communication technology enter the picture. It is a great choice for general readers interested in this topic as well. -- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Chapter 1: Superconnectedness -- Chapter 2: Creating the Internet Age -- Chapter 3: Inhabiting a Digital Environment -- Chapter 4: Sharing and Surveillance -- Chapter 5: Global Impacts and Inequalities -- Chapter 6: Techno-Socialization and the Self -- Chapter 7: Friending, Dating, and Relating -- Chapter 8: The Techno-Social Institutions -- Chapter 9: More Benefits and Hazards of 24/7 Superconnectedness -- Chapter 10: Our Superconnected Future
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1452268797 paperback ; alkaline paper

9781452268798 paperback ; alkaline paper

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What does it mean to live in a superconnected society? Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life brings together insights about digital technology and society from the many literatures in which author Mary Chayko is immersed: sociology, communication, psychology, media and technology studies. The result is a groundbreaking analysis of contemporary social life as it is influenced by the internet, social media, and mobile devices. Individual chapters explore topics such as how digital technology helped to shape the modern information a≥ information sharing and surveillance; digital socialization and development of the self; digital inequalities; global impacts; and the impact of the internet and digital media across social institutions. The author′s interdisciplinary synthesis makes Superconnected an essential text for courses in all departments that examine how social life is affected when information and communication technology enter the picture. Her clear, non-technical prose also makes Superconnected a great choice for general readers who are interested in this topic as well.Dr. Mary Chayko is a sociologist, professor of communication and information, and director of undergraduate interdisciplinary studies at Rutgers University′s School of Communication and Information. For more on the author, visit her blog at http://marychayko.com/


Table of Contents

About the Authorp. ix
Chapter 1 Superconnectednessp. 1
Superconnectedp. 1
The Internet...p. 2
...Digital Media...p. 3
...and Techno- Social Lifep. 5
Technology, Mediation, and the Diffusion of Innovationp. 8
Sociality, or Being Socialp. 11
This Bookp. 13
Chapter 2 Creating the Internet Agep. 17
A (Very) Short History of Information and Communication Technologyp. 17
A (Not Quite as) Short History of Computing and the Internetp. 19
The Web Is Bornp. 24
Wireless and Mobile Communicationp. 27
Early Online Networkingp. 29
Full-Featured Social Network Sites (SNSs) and Social Mediap. 33
The Triple Revolution of the 2000sp. 36
Chapter 3 Inhabiting a Digital Environmentp. 41
Sociomental Spaces, Cultures, and Societiesp. 41
Why Not Cyberspace?p. 43
Online Communities, Networks, and Networkingp. 46
Creating Digital Environmentsp. 50
Reality, Presence, and Proximityp. 53
Reality and the Brainp. 57
Emotionality and Intimacyp. 60
So, What About Physicality?p. 62
The Intersection of the Online and the Offlinep. 65
Chapter 4 Sharing and Surveillancep. 69
Sharing and Prosuming in a Participatory Culturep. 69
Crowdsourcingp. 74
Liking and Following, and Being Liked and Followedp. 77
Ownership of Online Contentp. 78
The Power to Disseminate and Publish Informationp. 81
Vertical, or Asymmetrical, Surveillancep. 83
Horizontal, or Social, Surveillancep. 87
Privacy and Obscurityp. 90
Chapter 5 Global Impacts and Inequalitiesp. 93
Globalization and Technologyp. 93
Stratification and Inequalityp. 94
Cultural Dividesp. 98
Hacking, Danger, Crime, and Warp. 100
Finding Solutions, Bridging Dividesp. 104
Speaking Back to Power: Social Organization, Movements, and Activismp. 105
The Rise of Citizen Journalismp. 108
Chapter 6 Techno-Socialization and the Selfp. 111
Socialization, Self, and Identityp. 111
Development and Performance of the Selfp. 112
Expression of the Selfp. 117
When Identity Is Marginalizedp. 119
Growing up Online and Offlinep. 121
Socialization Never Ends: Socialization Throughout Adulthoodp. 126
Chapter 7 Friending, Dating, and Relatingp. 131
Interactivityp. 131
Making Digital Connectionsp. 132
"Chemistry" and Synchronicityp. 134
Friendship-Online and Offlinep. 137
Flirting, Dating, Romance, and Sexp. 140
Trust and Social Supportp. 143
Interpersonal Conflicts and Harassmentp. 145
The Lifespan of Digital Relationshipsp. 148
Chapter 8 The Techno-Social Institutionsp. 151
The Institutional "Heart": The Familyp. 151
Health Carep. 156
Religionp. 158
Work and Commercep. 160
Education and Librariesp. 164
Politics and Governingp. 168
The Mediap. 171
Chapter 9 More Benefits and Hazards of 24/7 Superconnectednessp. 177
Constant Availabilityp. 177
Convenience and Microcoordinationp. 178
Fun, Play, and Entertainmentp. 180
Multitasking and the Attention Spanp. 184
Stress, Information Overload, and FOMOp. 187
Emergenciesp. 189
Dependency and Addictionp. 191
Health and Moodsp. 193
Being Plugged in... to Societyp. 195
Chapter 10 Our Superconnected Futurep. 199
New and Emerging Technologiesp. 199
The Techno-Social Path Aheadp. 201
Our Personal Pathsp. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 209
Referencesp. 213
Further Readingsp. 245
Indexp. 249