Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice Paperback – 18 Jul 2012
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Media, Society, World is comprehensive and current in its coverage--of research, of real-world examples, and larger pressing questions about new media. The book is empirically and theoretically informed, and surveys both the academic research and historical developments in media in a single work. It is Castells-like in its range and ambition.
John Durham Peters, University of Iowa
Media keep reframing , de-centring and dis-intermediating one another . A shrinking world offers the startling experience of radically new contiguities . « Society » is no longer the ultimate explanation once saught by Durkheim.
Couldry’s portrayal of this unsteady constellation offers a much needed counterpart to the short lived enthusiasms of technophilic sycophants .
Anchored in social theory , combining the ethnographic sensitivity of a Morley and the ethical intensity of a Silverstone , Couldry ‘s book invites us to confront a basic ,crucial, question . What is it that the media –old and new – allow us to do to each other ? What should they permit us to do for each other?
Daniel Dayan, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris
In this richly insightful, incisive and thoroughly engaging book, Nick Couldry’s original synthesis of social theory, media analysis and subtle observation invites a radical rethink of what it means to live in a media-saturated world.
Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science
About the Author
Nick Couldry is professor of media and communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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There is so much hot air around at the moment, as everyone and anyone chip in their two cents worth on the affects of digital media and societal change. Unfortunately, very few of them write with any position of authority, and without the years of background work needed to contextualise the current state of affairs, reducing it to anecdotal at best. Couldry stands out with this broad yet highly targeted review of what is happening, and how we should best approach this area. It is also written in a style that is perfectly approachable without specialist knowledge, but without any dumbing down; the reader feels respected enough to grapple with big concepts.
After reviewing and critiquing current concepts and approaches, Couldry presents a social theory based framework for thinking about our relationship with media in the digital age, which is one of the most coherent and well argued cases you will find in the contemporary literature. I predict it will become required reading for students across disciplines very soon.