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Eugenia Siapera's Understanding New Media offers an admirably clear-sighted and engaging analysis of contemporary forms of mediation, illuminating the dynamics of new media across social, political and cultural spheres while skilfully avoiding the many traps that abound in this field - of hyperbole, obfuscation, partiality and lack of empirical grounding. She provokes her reader to think afresh about familiar phenomena, to synthesise diverse theoretical positions, and to stretch their imaginations to anticipate what is comingProfessor Sonia Livingstone
A good book, and I will recommend it to students writing projects on new media.
Good review of key topics and major theorethical frameworks on new media.
The book is relevant for the Social Media class that I teach since it provides insightful background knowledge to the understanding of new media, particularly an overview of different theoretical perspectives on new media.
A useful textbook with clearly structured and presented ideas that enable students to think about the development of new media and its place within society, culture, politics and the economy.
Wonderful and holistic introduction to new media studies.
offers a very good overview about the broad topic on a thorough theoretical level also including some criticial thoughts that most texts fail to mention
This book was well written in that it makes clear areas of research which students are known to find complicated. It breaks research methods into digestable sizes and in text which is easy to understand. I also enjoyed the lay out of the book.
This is a very important book on new media which contains relevant discussions on theory and case studies. My Communication as a social force course covers more topics so the book can be a useful supplement source in the future.
Not adopted in this course, which have become overloaded. Understanding New Media is though good for other courses like the international course Analyzing Digital Journalism and also for teaching at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia in our teacher exchange project.
A very useful and relevant text. Also, very reader friendly.
Useful too to sociological theory in the examples and discussion exercises.
Excellent introduction to electronic, networked media. Highlights different perspectives of society, media, politics and economy and is therefore a very helpful tool for students and researchers.
An essential reading for everyone interested in novelties and breakthroughs provided by new media, as well as dangers and obstacles coming bundled with it.
This title is in my opinion not for first og second year communication design students. It is very academic and requires a quite good ability to think abstract. So, this is for more "seasoned" media students.
An interesting collection of reading from a diverse variety of authors which in their own way go a long way to highlighting (in particular) race and gender conflicts in media today. How gender and race are constructed and abused in the hetero normative rheotoric displayed in media globally. I will be recommending this text as supplimentary reading for my course in Media Studies this semester and on an ongoing basis
A complex subject area, presented in an extremely accessible way. This is an ideal text for those students wishing to begin researching New Media and seeking an overview of the key issues. Chapter-by-chapter learning objectives, summaries and E-tivity sections are very useful.