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'This second edition of New Media: A Critical Introduction builds on the strengths of the first edition to improve and update one of the best textbooks in the field. The authors have provided a wealth of new material, resulting in a very detailed and illuminating overview of many important new trends emerging from the intersections of culture and technology.' – Jamie Sexton, Aberystwyth University, UK

'Far more than simply an upgrade or update, this second edition continues its predecessor’s finely-honed critical engagement with the most significant current debates about the new media, both within and outside academia. This should be required reading for anyone interested in this all-important, but much-mythologised, subject.' – Julian Petley, Brunel University, UK

'I think there is little doubt that this is an important book... Because of their different backgrounds, the authors are able to provide a wealth of examples, quotes, references etc. which help to make the book a veritable treasure trove of materials.'  – PoV

'Firstly, the book does very well what it defines as its purpose - to introduce, critically, its area of concern. To this end it is certainly comprehensive. Very little is left uncovered in the careful negotiation of the issue of what we mean by 'new'. Secondly, it takes its subject matter very seriously and manages to offer readers a clear engaging journey through such areas as 'economics and networked media culture' and 'the technological shaping of everyday life'... Thirdly, it strikes the right balance between detail and moving on so a lot is covered but there is enough depth for students to get enough from this as a 'core text' without needing to endlessly chase references to get to the heart of each area... This second edition certainly addresses these challenges head on with critical precision and balance.' – The Higher Education Academy

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Jon Dovey, Seth Giddings, Kieran Kelly and Martin Lister are members of the Department of Culture, Media and Drama, in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Iain Grant is Head of Field in Philosophy, in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, all at the University of the West of England, Bristol

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
New Media: A Critical Introduction 2 Oct. 2010
By musashi - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great textbook that discusses new media and the technological revolution. There are many theories discussed and many case studies to review to get a better picture of how technology has evolved and affected our lives. A couple things I don't like about this book are that it lacks updated information in today's world (blogs, social networking, mobile devices & future technology). The pictures in the book are all black and white and there is a picture of Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and the old version of the XBOX. There is no mention of Safari, Firefox or Linux o/s. I think this book was made in 2003 and I know that technology changes very quickly, it is 2010, iPhone 4, Facebook, Twitter, Kinect and iPad are not mentioned at all. Overall it is a good book to read if you are really interested in new media but if not you will find it difficult to read through the technical terms and jargon.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Get off the pedestal 26 Oct. 2013
By Dr. Shultz - Published on Amazon.com
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Dear Authors,

You need to reevaluate the priority in which your purpose is. It is NOT to impress me with your high-level usage of jargon or overly complex sentences. It is to communicate ideas. Get to the point, stop trying to impress me, and water down your ivory tower writing style so it becomes palatable.

Best,

Dr. Shultz
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
New media 26 Sept. 2010
By F. Oliver - Published on Amazon.com
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Shipping service was excellent.

I don't particularly care for the book. I think they spend too much time taking the long way of explaining theories and ideas. Could be a bit more to the point.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great resource 15 Feb. 2010
By ML-M - Published on Amazon.com
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Definitely an addition to my library. This was a great starting point for further research in a few areas of digital media. I recommend this book for anyone in or interested in digital arts.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Plenty of theory - yet lacking real world application 15 Mar. 2010
By Michael O. Mcmanus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was my textbook for a class I was taking on New Media. The book is mildly agonizing to read as the authors ramble on and on about theory and spend little time on real world application. Some good information, but the majority lacks anything special.
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