This volume puts together the works of a group of distinguished scholars and active researchers in the field of media and communication studies to reflect upon the past, present, and future of new media research. The chapters examine the implications of new media technologies on everyday life, existing social institutions, and the society at large at various levels of analysis. Macro-level analyses of changing techno-social formation – such as discussions of the rise of surveillance society and the "fifth estate" – are combined with studies on concrete and specific new media phenomena, such as the rise of Pro-Am collaboration and "fan labor" online. In the process, prominent concepts in the field of new media studies, such as social capital, displacement, and convergence, are critically examined, while new theoretical perspectives are proposed and explicated. Reflecting the inter-disciplinary nature of the field of new media studies and communication research in general, the chapters interrogate into the problematic through a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. The book should offer students and researchers who are interested in the social impact of new media both critical reviews of the existing literature and inspirations for developing new research questions.

chapter |5 pages


ByRonald E. Rice

chapter 1|11 pages


Challenges for New Media Research
ByFrancis L. F. Lee, Louis Leung, Jack L. Qiu, Donna S. C. Chu

part Part I|96 pages

Techno-Social Formations

chapter 2|20 pages

What's the Use of the Public Sphere in the Age of the Internet?

ByFrank Webster

chapter 3|17 pages

The Internet and Democratic Accountability

The Rise of the Fifth Estate
ByWilliam H. Dutton

chapter 4|17 pages

Surveillance Technologies and Social Transformation

Emerging Challenges of Socio-Technical Change
ByDavid Lyon

chapter 5|20 pages

The Probability Archive

From Essence to Uncertainty in the Mediation of Knowledge
ByJohn Hartley

chapter 6|20 pages

The Internet and Social Mobilization in China

ByYong Hu

part |92 pages

Part II Recurring Issues

chapter 7|17 pages

Online Social Network Sites and the Concept of Social Capital

ByCharles Steinfield, Nicole B. Ellison, Cliff Lampe, Jessica Vitak

chapter 8|21 pages

A Retrospective on Convergence, Moral Panic, and the Internet

BySharon Strover

chapter 9|20 pages

The Emerging Ecology of Online News

ByStuart Allan

chapter 10|18 pages

Who Would Miss Getting News Online and Why (Not)?

ByHsiang Iris Chyi, Jacie Yang

part Part III|94 pages

Emerging Media

chapter 12|15 pages

A N etworked Self

Identity Performance and Sociability on Social Network Sites
ByZizi Papacharissi

chapter 13|19 pages

The Internet in Flux

Twitter and the Interpretative Flexibility of Microblogging
ByJosé van Dijck

chapter 14|18 pages

Exploring the Pro-Am Interface between Production and Produsage

ByAxel Bruns

chapter 15|19 pages

Fanatical Labor and Serious Leisure

A Case of Fansubbing in China
ByDonna S. C. Chu

chapter 16|21 pages

From TV to the Internet to Mobile Phones

A National Study of U.S. College Students' Multiplatform Video Use and Satisfaction
ByLouisa Ha, Dominik Leconte, Jennifer Savidge