Edited by David Gauntlett and Ross Horsley
Published by Arnold, January 2004
... absorbing ... admirable" - The first review of the new book has been
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From the back
The World Wide Web is the defining medium of the 21st Century, enabling people
across the world to share information, build communities, and express their individuality
in ways that defy its origins in a tangle of telephone lines and computer codes.
Bringing together the work of scholars, experts and established online authors,
this comprehensive book offers an analysis of both contemporary Web-based culture
and arts, and the impact of the Web on international economics, politics and law.
The second edition
of Web.Studies combines fully revised versions of its predecessor's most
useful chapters with completely new and original work on the latest developments
and controversies in cyberspace. Beginning with an introduction to the Web and
how it works, the book outlines the theories and methodology of cyberculture studies,
before moving on to explore aspects of everyday life online, art and commerce,
global communities and the politics of internet access and activism. Readers will
also find suggestions for ways in which the Web can be used to further their own
research, as well as lists of useful websites, a full glossary and a bibliography.
- PART I: WEB
- Web Studies:
What's new by David Gauntlett
- Internet studies
in the 21st century by Laura Gurak
methodological frameworks for studying the World Wide Web by Nina Wakeford
- PART II: WEB
LIFE, IDENTITIES, ARTS AND CULTURE
- At Home on
the Web: Personal Webspace and Identity by Charles Cheung
on the Web by Ross Horsley
Gotta Love Somebody, Sometime: Online Fan Community by Kirsten Pullen
- Web Grrrls,
Guerilla Tactics: Young Feminisms on the Web by Jayne Armstrong
in the New Media Age by Graham Roberts
- 'Doing it'
on the web: Emerging discourses on internet sex by Jodi O'Brien & Eve Shapiro
- Art in Cyberspace:
The digital aesthetic by Mark Andrejevic
online, lesbian style by Meredith Balderston
- Help Yourself:
The World Wide Web as a self-help agora by Shani Orgad
and Hospitality: Issues and implications of internet interactions by Christopher R. Smit
- PART III: WEB
BUSINESS, ECONOMICS AND CAPITALISM
- Stitching the
web into global capitalism: Two stories by Vincent Miller
- The Digital
Divide by Nick Couldry
- Copyright in
Cyberspace: Protecting intellectual property online by Kathleen K. Olson
- The Music Industry
versus the Internet: Napster and other cyber music wars by Ian Dobie
- PART IV: GLOBAL
WEB COMMUNITIES, POLITICS AND PROTEST
- The Internet
and Democracy by Steve Lax
- The World Wide
Web Goes to War: from Kosovo to the 'war' against terrorism by Philip M. Taylor
- World Wide
Women and the Web by Wendy Harcourt
within Change: The cherokee indians and the internet by Darcy Plymire & Ellen Arnold
- Virus Writers:
Subculture and the Electronic Meaning of Style by Douglas Thomas
- Digital Media
Futures by Richard Berger
REVIEWS OF THE
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).
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