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Handbook of Research on the Societal Impact of Digital Media
A term used to denote an entity whether human or nonhuman that modifies the actions of another entity (e.g., pouring vinegar on baking soda).
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What Does Digital Media Allow Us to “Do” to One Another?: Economic Significance of Content and Connection
Donna E. Alvermann (University of Georgia, USA), Crystal L. Beach (University of Georgia, USA), and George L. Boggs (Florida State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8310-5.ch001
The purpose of this integrative review of theory and research is to assess the economic impact of digital media in ways that are unreached by instrumental means of measuring economic activity. Specifically, we use three overarching arguments identified from a review of the literature that broadly defines the economic force of digital media content in contemporary society. We contextualize those arguments in terms of current issues in the field and gaps in the research base before concluding with a discussion of the implications of what we learned for education, civic engagement, social practice, and policy.
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The Making of Nomadic Work: Understanding the Mediational Role of ICTs
any asset carried or accessed by nomadic workers that allows them to set up their workplace and conduct their work activities. Mobile phones, laptops and work documents are some examples of actants.
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