Personal Connections in the Digital Age

ISBN-10: 0745643329

ISBN-13: 9780745643328

Edition: 2010

Authors: Nancy K. Baym

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The internet & the mobile phone have disrupted many of our conventional understandings of our selves & our relationships, raising anxieties & hopes about their effects on our lives. This timely book provides frameworks for thinking critically about the roles of digital media in personal relationships.
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 4/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Nancy Baym is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She has written many widely-cited articles about online fan community and social aspects of online interaction and is the author of the book Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom, and Online Community (Sage Press, Inc.). She is a co-founder and Past-President of the Association of Internet Researchers. She is an award-winning teacher whose courses address the use of new communication technologies in creating identities, relationships and communities, interpersonal communication, and qualitative research methods. She serves on the editorial boards of the premiere journals in the field, including New Media & Society, The Journal of Communication, The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and The Information Society. Her blog about fan activity on the internet can be found at

List of illustrations
New forms of personal connection
New media, new boundaries
Plan of the book
Seven key concepts
Digital media
Who uses new digital media?
Making new media make sense
Technological determinism
Social construction of technology
Social shaping of technology
Domestication of technology
Communication in digital spaces
Mediation as impoverishment
Putting social cues into digital communication
Digital communication as a mixed modality
Contextual influences on online communication
Communities and networks
Online community
Engagement with local community
New relationships, new selves?
New relationships online
Authenticity and relationship
Digital media in relational development and maintenance
Building relationships with people we met online
Mediated relational maintenance
Uncertain norms
Conclusion: the myth of cyberspace
Index of names
General index
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