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Doing Internet Research: Critical Issues and Methods for Examining the Net [Paperback]

Steve Jones
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29 Dec 1998 0761915958 978-0761915959
The Internet is a medium with great consequences for social and economic life. This book is written to help people discern in what ways it has commanded the public imagination, and the methodological issues that arise when one tries to study and understand the social processes occurring within it. The contributors offer original responses in the search for, and critique of, methods with which to study the Internet and the social, political, economic, artistic, and communicative phenomena occurring within and around it.

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (29 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761915958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761915959
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 729,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Jones is professor and head of the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author/editor of numerous books, including Doing Internet Research, The Encyclopedia of New Media, CyberSociety, and Virtual Culture. He is co-founder and president of the Association of Internet Researchers and co-editor of New Media & Society, an international journal of research on new media, technology, and culture. He also edits New Media Cultures, a series of books on culture and technology for Sage Publications, and Digital Formations, a series of books on new media for Peter Lang Publishers.


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This book makes a good reference material to all Internet researchers. It covers all essential methodological aspects of Internet research by experts from different fields. This book not only provides some ideas of why we should do Internet research but also gives essential guidelines on how to do a good Internet research. A reader however may require a good knowledge and understanding of the traditional research methods to appreciate this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking book 8 Jun 2000
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This is one of the best books you can find about doing social research on the Internet. There are thirteen contributors of the edited book and each offers some original responses to the fast growing Internet and the social processes related to it. One of the major themes that concern all the contributors is: How do we study the Internet? While the Internet has changed many aspects of our lives from the way we work, to the way we shop, to the way we socialize, the Internet is still a fairly new subject for social scientists to grapple with. The book offers some explorative strategies for the readers to get some general ideas about how to examining the social aspects of Internet.
Both quantitative and qualitative researchers will get some insights from this edited book. The editor, Steve Jones, chose the articles from a wide range of social research approaches. Most contributors are from communication studies, but there are also people from computer science, sociology, and English departments. I think one of the most intriguing chapters is chapter 12 where Barbara Sharf talks about the ethics problems of doing naturalistic discourse research on the Internet. Chapter 13 is also an inspiring piece because it bridges the field of cultural studies with that of Internet communications.
Compared to ¡§CyberSociety 2.0¡¨ and ¡§Virtual Culture: Identity and Communication in Cyberspace¡¨ both of which are edited by Steve Jones, this book is more focused on the doing aspect, which is Internet research methodology. I think it is a very practical and thought-provoking book for those who are consider doing or are now doing research on the Internet.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A book on internet research that isn't available in digital format? 14 Jan 2014
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That fact undermines its credibility. Makes me wonder how it can be up to speed if the author isn't even savvy enough to know most of his readers will want the digital version.
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