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Digital Media and Society

What can flame-throwing squirrels tell us about human emotion?

How do we form and express our identity in a digital age?

Do algorithms and search engine results have a social role?

How have software and hardware transformed how we interact with eachother?

What is digital society?

In the early 21st century, digital media and the social have become irreversibly intertwined. In this cutting-edge introduction, Simon Lindgren explores what it means to live in a digital society.

With succinct explanations of the key concepts, debates and theories you need to know, this is a must-have resource for students exploring digital media, social media, media and society, data and society, and the internet.

Digital Society
Social Media Platforms
Beyond Optimism and Pessimism
Interaction and Identity
Communities and Networks
Visuality and Visibility
Emotions and Affect
Power and Exploitation
Activism and Mobilisation
Datafication and Algorithms
Software and Devices
Researching Digital Society
Epilogue: Digital Media and Social Change

“An engaging story of the meaning digital media have in societies. The writing is relatable, with diverse and comprehensive references to theories. Above all, this is a fun book on what a contemporary digital society looks like!”

Professor Zizi Papacharissi
University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ch. 3 removed, integrated into Introduction

  • Ch. 9 removed, integrated throughout.

  • Ch. 2, 7, 11, 12 expanded, possibly split into two.

  • Section 3 scaled back

  • Expanded coverage of social media platforms, the digital divide, and surveillance.

  • New coverage of digital health, and content moderation.

  • More global/international theory and cases. Less white/Western.

  • Streamlined pedagogy (exercise discussions integrated into main text; expanded further reading; new chapter conclusions; new section openers).

Two colour.

  • 3. New chapter on moving beyond digital optimism and pessimism

  • 4. Social media platforms; how social media a set of interrelated platforms through which our lives play out

  • 4. Anonymity and invisibility on social media platforms.

  • 5. More on digital communities; networks. “communities can emerge in a wide range of digital settings, such as in comment threads that follow the posts of certain personalities on Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube, or on Discord servers for certain games.”

  • More on ‘Networked Individualism’ and the risk/potential dynamics of communities.

  • 6. New on emojis, technological with the socio-political; New/more on Memes and GIFs

  • 7. New on Grab, Resonance; quantifying and flattening emotions

  • 7. More on love and hate online, cyberbullying, trolling.

  • 8. More on digital divides, digital labour, and power re: race and gender

  • 9. ‘cybersalons’, ‘the private sphere’ re ‘the public sphere’ (Habermas)?

  • 9. Monitorial citizens; Resistance, activism.

  • Surveillance capitalism; Algorithmic power, datafication and data justice.

  • Link and like economies, Software studies, digital devices (internet of things

  • Online all the time.

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