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New Media

An Introduction, Canadian Edition, Second Edition

Terry Flew and Richard Smith

This concise yet comprehensive survey examines the social, political, and economic impacts of new media from the early days of the telegraph to the latest network technologies. Featuring an in-depth treatment of new media theories, engaging case studies, and Canadian examples throughout, this text offers students a comprehensive introduction to new media from a Canadian perspective.

Readership : New Media: An Introduction is a core text suitable for college and university courses on new media offered primarily out of communications departments at the second- and third-year levels.

Note: Every chapter includes:
- Questions to Consider
- Chapter Outline
- Useful Websites
- Further Reading
- Discussion Questions
- Class Activities
- Debate Questions
Preface to the Second Edition
1. Introduction to New Media
Why "New" Media?
Internet History
The Global Internet
The Conduit and the Content
Web 2.0
2. The History of New Media
Early Traces of New Media
Institutionalized, Instantaneous, Worldwide Communication: The Telegraph
From Telegraph to Telephone: A Revolution in Sound
By the Flickering Light We Will Conjure Movement: Film
Speaking without Wires: Radio
Making Radio Easier and Better
Pictures and Sound, Educational Potential: Television
3. Approaches to New Media
Getting Perspective
What to Believe: The Hype or the Counter-Hype?
Interpreting Hype and Counter-Hype: Methodological Considerations
Approaches to Technological Change: Divergent Perspectives
Pioneer Media Theorists: Marshall McLuhan and Raymond Williams
Social Psychology: Identity and Interpersonal Relations Online
4. Mobile New Media
Many Kinds of Mobile
The Origins of Mobile Phones
New Services
From Multifunction Phones to Smartphones
When Is a Phone No Longer a Phone?
"New" New Media on Phones?
Kids on Phones
The Business of Mobility
Mobile Phone Usage Patterns
What Matters with Mobile?
5. Social Networks and Participatory Culture
Networking for Fun and Profit
The Nature of Networks
Social Network Analysis
Networks and the Economics of Social Production
Participatory Media Cultures
Participatory Media, Social Software, and Social Capital
Downsides of Networks, Social Media, and Participatory Media Culture
6. Games: Technology, Industry, Culture
Game On
Games History
Games Industry: Integrating and Disintegrating the Value Chain
The Game Industry in Canada
Game Cultures
7. Creative Industries
Creativity in Question
The Rise of Creative Industries
Is "Creative Industries" Still a Useful Organizing Concept?
Economic Drivers of Creative Industries
Policy Drivers of Creative Industries
Creative Industries and Evolving Arts and Cultural Policy
8. The Global Knowledge Economy
The Global Knowledge Economy
Electronic Commerce
Information and Knowledge
Innovation and the Innovator's Dilemma
A Creative Economy?
9. Internet Law, Policy, and Governance
Internet Law, Policy, and Governance
Perspectives on Internet Governance
Canadian New Media Policy
Next Generation New Media Policy
Copyright and Intellectual Property Law: An Overview
Copyright and New Media
Recent Developments in International Copyright and Intellectual Property Law
Digital Gatekeepers and the Open Source Movement
10. Conclusion
Key Concerns and Future Considerations
The Internet of Things
Networks: Always On and Always There
Meeting People Made Easy: Social Media
Surveillance and New Media
Augmented Reality, 3D Printing, and Robots
New Media Scholarship: The Next Frontiers
Final Words

Student Resources
- RSS feeds related to new media and communication technology
- Glossary of terms
- Supplemental chapters from the third Australian edition:
Twenty Key New Media Concepts
Ten Key Contemporary New Media Theorists
Citizen Journalism
E-Book (ISBN 9780199005512)
- Available through CourseSmart.com

Terry Flew is an associate professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology.

Richard Smith is a professor in the School of Communication and director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include the role of communication and collaboration networks in the development and diffusion of information technology and the development of new tools to enable scholars to publish their work electronically.

Communication History in Canada - Edited by Daniel J. Robinson

Special Features

  • Canadian examples, theories, and case studies emphasize contributions Canadians have made to new media, ensuring the material is relevant to students in this country.
  • Coverage of cutting-edge topics such as social networks, mobile technology, and creative industries offer students the latest information on new media in today's society.
  • Combines theory with practical examples, providing an even-handed treatment of the discipline.
  • Historical coverage of new media traces the development of communication technology, helping students understand how technology has evolved over time.
  • Engaging case studies analyze topical issues such as digital storytelling, smart phones, and YouTube, helping students relate key concepts to real life.
New to this Edition
  • Media and Theory boxes discuss the work of key theorists in the field, offering students more insight into the foundations of new media studies.
  • Interview with a New Media Expert boxes give students a first-hand account of how new media impacts contemporary society.
  • Coverage of contemporary topics such as 3D printing, robot technology, augmented reality, cyber-bullying, and more.
  • Debate questions at the end of every chapter encourage students to engage with the material.