Publications — Snurb, 25 February 2013
Introducing the Companion to New Media Dynamics

This is perhaps somewhat beyond the scope of what we usually cover at Mapping Online Publics, but I’m delighted to announce the completion of another major project we’ve been involved in: Blackwell has just published A Companion to New Media Dynamics, edited by John Hartley, Jean Burgess, and Axel Bruns. The title of this substantial volume may seem a little strange at first – why not just “… to New Media”? –, but with this collection we aimed specifically to highlight new media as a set of dynamic, evolving, and sometimes elusive practices rather than a static, easily defined thing.

The volume brings together contributions from a long list of researchers in the field, and combines international research leaders with key emerging scholars who will drive the next generation of new media and Internet research. But don’t take my word for it – take Toby Miller’s: “We are fortunate indeed to have this tour d’horizon of young and middle-aged media across Europe, North America, and Asia. It features an array of established and emergent writers whose clear prose and thorough research mark out their work.”

Here’s a complete list of chapters:

Part 1 – Approaches and Antecedents

1. Media Studies and New Media Studies (Sean Cubitt)

2. Media Dynamics and the Lessons of History: The ‘Gutenberg Parenthesis’ as Restoration Topos (Thomas Pettitt)

3. Literature and Culture in the Age of the New Media: Dynamics of Evolution and Change (Peter Swirski)

4. The Future of Digital Humanities Is a Matter of Words (Willard McCarty)

5. The End of Audiences? Theoretical Echoes of Reception amidst the Uncertainties of Use (Sonia Livingstone and Ranjana Das)

6. The Economics of New Media (John Quiggin)

7. The Emergence of Next Generation Internet Users (William H. Dutton and Grant Blank)

8. National Web Studies: Mapping Iran Online (Richard Rogers, Esther Weltevrede, Sabine Niederer and Erik Borra)

Part 2 – Dynamics of Change

Agency

9. In the Habitus of the New: Structure, Agency and the Social Media Habitus (Zizi Papacharissi and Emily Easton)

10. Long Live Wikipedia? Sustainable Volunteerism and the Future of Crowdsourced Knowledge (Andrew Lih)

Mobility

11. Changing Media with Mobiles (Gerard Goggin)

12. Make Room for the Wii: Game Consoles and the Construction of Space (Ben Aslinger)

Enterprise

13. Improvers, Entertainers, Shockers and Makers (Charles Leadbeater)

14. The Dynamics of Digital Multisided Media Markets: How Media Organisations Learn from the IT Industries How to Engage with an Active Audience (Patrik Wikström)

Search

15. Search and Networked Attention (Alexander Halavais)

16. Against Search – Towards a New Computational Logic of Media Accessibility (Pelle Snickars)

Network

17. Evolutionary Dynamics of the Mobile Web (Indrek Ibrus)

18. Pseudonyms and the Rise of the Real Name Web (Bernie Hogan)

Surveillance

19. New Media and Changing Perceptions of Surveillance (Anders Albrechtslund)

20. Lessons of the Leak: WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and the Changing Landscape of Media and Politics (Christoph Bieber)

Part 3 – Forms, Platforms and Practices

Culture and Identity

21. Cybersexuality and Online Culture (Feona Attwood)

22. Viral Video and Spoof Culture (Jean Burgess and Henry Li)

23. Identity (Alice Marwick )

24. Networked Identity (Jan Schmidt)

25. Identity (Terri Senft)

Politics, Participation, Citizenship

26. The Internet and the Opening Up of Political Space (Stephen Coleman)

27. The Internet as a Platform for Civil Disobedience (Cherian George)

28. Parody, Performativity, and Play: The Reinvigoration of Citizenship through Political Satire (Jeffrey P. Jones)

29. The Politics of Platforms (Tarleton Gillespie)

30. From Homepages to Network Profiles: Balancing Personal and Social Identity (Axel Bruns)

Knowledge: Self-organised, Networked

31. The New Media Toolkit (Mark Pesce)

32. Materiality, Description and Comparison as Tools for Cultural Difference Analysis (Basile Zimmermann)

33. Learning from Network Dysfunctionality: Accidents, Enterprise and Small Worlds of Infection (Jussi Parikka and Tony D. Sampson)

New Generations

34. Young People Online (Lelia Green and Danielle Brady)

35. Beyond Generations and New Media (Kate Crawford and Penelope Robinson)

About the Author

Dr Axel Bruns leads the QUT Social Media Research Group. He is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Bruns is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of Twitter and Society, A Companion to New Media Dynamics and Uses of Blogs (2006). He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. His research Website is at snurb.info, and he tweets as @snurb_dot_info.

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