Personal Connections in the Digital Age
Fully updated to reflect new developments in technology and digital scholarship, the book identifies the core relational issues these media disturb and shows how our talk about them echoes historical discussions about earlier communication technologies. Chapters explore how we use mediated language and nonverbal behavior to develop and maintain communities, social networks, and new relationships, and to maintain existing relationships in our everyday lives. The book combines research findings with lively examples to address questions such as: Can mediated interaction be warm and personal? Are people honest about themselves online? Can relationships that start online work? Do digital media damage the other relationships in our lives? Throughout, the book argues that these questions must be answered with firm understandings of media qualities and the social and personal contexts in which they are developed and used.
This new edition of Personal Connections in the Digital Age will be required reading for all students and scholars of media, communication studies, and sociology, as well as all those who want a richer understanding of digital media and everyday life.
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- Hardback | 240 pages
- 161 x 235 x 19mm | 486g
- 01 Aug 2015
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 2nd Edition
Other books in this series
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22 Feb 2011
01 Mar 2011
01 Aug 2015
Table of contents
2. Making new media make sense
3. Communication in digital spaces
4. Communities and networks
5. New relationships, new selves?
6. Digital media in everyday relationships
Conclusion: the myth of cyberspace
Tom Standage, Digital Editor, The Economist
"In this lucid yet learned book, Nancy Baym covers a breadth of analysis on whether and how the internet and mobile communication are reconfiguring our identities and personal relationships. While recognising the many continuities in our social life from offline to online, she also notes some signs of optimism, showing how we may yet build new, perhaps better, personal connections in the digital age."
Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science
About Nancy K. Baym