New Media and Cultural Transformation

New Media and Cultural Transformation (Co-Editor; 新媒体与文化转型).  Shanghai: Shanghai Joint Press, July 2013.
Total Pages: 589 pages;
Price: 89 yuan;
Amazon Number (ASIN): B00EDYUK5Y;
Available at Amazon China: http://www.amazon.cn/

Book cover of "New Media and Cultural Transformation" published by the Shanghai Joint Press.

Book cover of “New Media and Cultural Transformation” published by the Shanghai Joint Press.

This is a collection of more than 20 articles translated from the leading journals in the field based mainly in the United States and the Great Britain. The aim to publish this anthology in China is trying to clarify some key terms, to tentatively define the field, and to delineate theoretical and methodological approaches to the emerging field of new media, for examples, the confusing and overlapping terms like the Internet culture, new media studies, digital media studies, networked culture, information society, contemporary media studies, etc.

Divided into five chapters or themes, namely, “Theory and Method,” “The Rise of the Networked Society and Changes in Regulatory Systems,” “Civil Society, Business Empire, and the Notion of Power,” “Film, TV, Game, and the Audience in the Digital Age,” and “Social Contract, Competition, and Transnational Mechanism,” the book also includes a long introduction the editors wrote, in which we argued that, broadly speaking, two major scholarly approaches have emerged in the studies of new media, 1) Social sciences approach, added by such disciplines as communication, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, statistics, even international relations; and 2) Humanities and the arts approach, added by literary studies, art history, philosophy, visual culture, cinema studies, aesthetics, even linguistics. In social sciences direction, the notion of Power, broadly defined, dominates the studies of new media, whereas in humanities and the arts, the notion of Interactivity, broadly defined, dominates the studies of new media. The introduction concludes that the notions of Interface/Screen have emerged as the key terms that potentially could build the link between the aforementioned two approaches.

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