Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age
Edited by David Gauntlett
Published by Arnold, 2000
Note that there
is now a second edition of this book, published 2004.
From the back
World Wide Web has transformed the media landscape. This exciting, engaging and
accessible book, written by scholars from the USA, Europe and Australia, explores
the ways in which people, organisations and companies are using the Web to assert
themselves in the world, and build communities of communication. This is the first
book to offer students a comprehensive and coherent introduction to the new Web-based
with an introduction to the Web and how it works, followed by the theories and
methods of cyberculture studies, Web.Studies moves on to consider everyday
Web life, art and culture, Web business, and global Web communities, politics
and protest. Topics covered range from personal and fan websites, cyber-sexualities,
webcams and Web-based art and entertainment, to global capitalism and the fight
for Web domination, cybercrime, and internet propaganda. Uniquely, the book combines
studies of the Web's artistic and creative possibilities with political, economic
and international perspectives. Each chapter includes suggestions for ways in
which students can use the Web to further their own research; there are also illustrations,
lists of useful websites, a glossary, and a bibliography.
sets the agenda for a new period of media research, one that gets to grips with
the significance of new communications technologies and the global spaces in which
they are so rapidly developing. I believe that this book will help considerably
to take media studies in new directions." - Prof. Kevin Robins, Goldsmiths College,
University of London.
"Like the Web itself,
Web.Studies is by turns stimulating, informative, and provocative. It provides
a useful and diverse collection of resources that will help us to understand the
Web as a social and cultural medium, not just as a form of "information technology"."
- Prof. David Buckingham, Institute of Education, University of London.
another welcome addition to the growing collection of key texts for students of
new media. It is a thoughtful and well-balanced general overview of the subject
that will be required reading on many undergraduate courses... A highly effective
collection of papers... Gauntlett certainly sets up an exciting vision of web
studies as the most fruitful area for media theorists." - Peter Dean in Convergence,
vol. 8, no. 1 (2002), pp. 119-22.
"The editor has
done an excellent job of selecting essays that fit together logically and thematically...
The result is a variety of fresh, interconnected perspectives that do not belabour
any particular point or idea... Web.Studies is an excellent reference for
researchers and graduate students and an ideal text for undergraduate classes
that examine online media" - Kirk St. Amant in IEEE Transactions on Professional
Communication, vol. 44, no. 4 (2001), pp. 304-5.
collection should convince even the most skeptical that almost all social phenomena
will have seeped onto the web in some way, and may well have been transformed
in the process. As I read Gauntlett’s book, I became even more convinced
than previously of the need to look across, if not do away with altogether, the
boundary between media studies and sociology... I certainly intend to use [Web.Studies]
to introduce sociology and communications students to the wide range of research
topics the internet offers... [The book] contains much to stimulate a sociological
imagination." -- Christine Hine in Sociology, vol. 36, no. 3 (August
2002), pp. 776-778.
Gauntlett and the chapter authors have successfully provided a resource of scholarly
discussions about Web cultures that take into consideration the broad range of
social, economic, and political interactions that take place on the Web. Each
of the three major sections of Web.Studies offers a unique and inclusive
approach to the study of cyberculture." - Ryan Burns, Department of Communication,
University of Oklahoma.
"In his book Web
Studies... editor David Gauntlett sets out an interesting review of media
studies and the Web, from both a sociological and cultural studies perspective.
... Web studies is excellent for both humanities students who are interested in
aspects of the Web but are unsure where to start and for those who wish to discover
what the Web has to offer. David Gauntlett has given us a comprehensive look at
several areas of the Web. He also offers us a unique insight of the experiences
that he and the other contributors have had with online communities, Web site
design, and other aspects of the Internet... Web Studies is, overall, a
most enjoyable read." - Cesar Basanta, Bath Spa University College.
"This book is a
'killer site'. Overall, this book does a number of things very well and it does
them at a time when there is a dearth of quality writing in this area. Web.Studies
brings the best of the Web's tendency toward the succinct and informative and
binds it in an affordable and useable format. It would make an excellent textbook
for undergraduate media studies and could serve as an entry point for the digitally
dubious members of the real world." - Patrick Finn, University of Victoria.
"There are many
web studies / theory texts developed for graduate students and professionals,
but this is the only one that is approachable for undergraduates." - Cindy Wambeam,
Washington State University (2002).
"I have used Web.Studies
in my teaching for four different semesters, and I really like the book and its
topics." - Barbara Harbach, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (2002).
ISBN 0 340 76048
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