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Cybersociety 2.0

Cybersociety 2.0
Revisiting Computer-Mediated Community and Technology

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Volume: 2

July 1998 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Cybersociety 2.0, the new edition of Steven G. Jones's Cybersociety, is also rooted in criticism and analysis of computer-mediated technologies to assist readers in becoming critically aware of the hype and hopes pinned on computer-mediated communication and the cultures that are emerging among Internet users. Both books are products of a particular moment in time and serve as snapshots of the concerns and issues that surround the burgeoning new technologies of communication. After a brief introduction to the history of computer-mediated communication, each chapter in this volume specifically highlights specific cyber "societies" and how computer-mediated communication effects the notion of self and its relationship to the community. Contributors probe issues of community, standards of conduct, communication, the means of fixing identity, knowledge, information, and the exercise of power in social relations. They also question how traditional sociological inquiry can adapt itself to most effectively study computer-mediated social formations.

Both timely and thought-provoking, Cybersociety 2.0 belongs on the bookshelf of students and scholars in fields of communication, popular culture, American studies, and mass communication.

Steven Jones
Steven Jones
Information, Internet and Community
Notes toward an Understanding of Community in the Information Age

Nancy K Baym
The Emergence of On-line Community
Philip E Agre
Designing Genres for New Media
Social, Economic and Political Contexts

Cheris Kramarae
Feminist Fictions of Future Technology
Brenda Danet
Text as Mask
Gender, Play, and Performance on the Internet

Lynn Schofield Clark
Dating on the Net
Teens and the Rise of 'Pure' Relationships

Mark Poster
Virtual Ethnicity
Tribal Identity in an Age of Global Communications

Beth Kolko and Elizabeth Reid
Dissolution and Fragmentation
Problems in On-line Communities


Unfortunately most of the findings in this volume are dated. I sometimes recommend it for students doing research but only for a historical perspective on computer mediated discourse.

Mrs Erika Darics
School of Languages and Area Studies, Portsmouth University
September 30, 2011

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