Handbook of Research on the Societal Impact of Digital Media

Handbook of Research on the Societal Impact of Digital Media

Barbara Guzzetti (Arizona State University, USA) and Mellinee Lesley (Texas Tech University, USA)
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Release Date: August, 2015|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 789|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8310-5
ISBN13: 9781466683105|ISBN10: 1466683104|EISBN13: 9781466683112
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The evolution of digital media has enhanced global perspectives in all facets of communication, greatly increasing the range, scope, and accessibility of shared information. Due to the tremendously broad-reaching influence of digital media, its impact on learning, behavior, and social interaction has become a widely discussed topic of study, synthesizing the research of academic scholars, community educators, and developers of civic programs.

The Handbook of Research on the Societal Impact of Digital Media is an authoritative reference source for recent developments in the dynamic field of digital media. This timely publication provides an overview of technological developments in digital media and their myriad applications to literacy, education, and social settings. With its extensive coverage of issues related to digital media use, this handbook is an essential aid for students, instructors, school administrators, and education policymakers who hope to increase and optimize classroom incorporation of digital media.

This innovative publication features current empirical studies and theoretical frameworks addressing a variety of topics including chapters on instant messaging, podcasts, video sharing, cell phone and tablet applications, e-discussion lists, e-zines, e-books, e-textiles, virtual worlds, social networking, cyberbullying, and the ethical issues associated with these new technologies.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Apps and Mobile Devices
  • Avocation and Recreation
  • Digital Divide
  • Formal and Informal Teaching and Learning
  • Internet Safety
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Participatory Culture
  • Social Justice
  • Visual Literacies
  • Web 2.0 tools

Reviews and Testimonials

Education scholars, most specializing in literature or literacy, explore how digital media has impacted education and advanced social and civic engagement in global society. Their topics include the irrevocable alteration of communication, new visual literacies and competencies for education and the workplace, using applications and devices for fostering mobile learning of literacy practices, the shaping and reshaping of digital and multimodal books and young adult novels, and the role of mobile learning in promoting literacy and human rights for women and girls.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

A compilation of 25 chapters written individually or coauthored by a variety of academic scholars, each well-written chapter focuses on a different aspect of the rapidly changing area of digital media and its social ramifications. Coverage runs a wide gamut of discussion, from libraries to literacy, texting to wikis, apps to e-books, gaming to cyberbullying, and so on. A few chapters delve in a more focused way into such digital-world subjects as gender, art, storytelling, and even e-textiles. Summing Up: Recommended.

– J. A. Matthews, Michigan State University, USA, CHOICE

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Barbara J. Guzzetti is a Professor at Arizona State University in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Humanities Arts & Cultural Studies, English Department. She is also an Affiliated Faculty member in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Educational Leadership and Innovation, and an Affiliated Faculty member in the School for Social Transformation, Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research and teaching focus on new media, particularly participatory or Do-It-Yourself (DIY) media, and youth culture and gender issues in new media. She is co-author of the Teachers College Press book, DIY Media in the Classroom: New Literacies across Content Areas. Her publications on new media have appeared in journals such as E-Learning and Digital Media; the Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
Mellinee Lesley is a professor in the Language, Diversity & Literacy Studies program in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Texas Tech University and the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research in the College of Education. Her research is focused on the literacy practices of marginalized adolescent and adult learners, adolescents’ use of new media, and applications of new media for content area literacy instruction. Her research on these topics has appeared in journals such as Literacy Research and Instruction and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy as well as her book Invisible Girls: At-Risk Adolescent Girls’ Writing Within and Beyond School.