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Social Consequences of Internet Use : Access, Involvement, and Interaction - James E. Katz

Social Consequences of Internet Use

Access, Involvement, and Interaction

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2002
ISBN: 9780262112697
Number Of Pages: 484
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Drawing on nationally representative telephone surveys conducted from 1995 to 2000, James Katz and Ronald Rice offer a rich and nuanced picture of Internet use in America. Using quantitative data, as well as case studies of Web sites, they explore the impact of the Internet on society from three perspectives: access to Internet technology (the digital divide), involvement with groups and communities through the Internet (social capital), and use of the Internet for social interaction and expression (identity). To provide a more comprehensive account of Internet use, the authors draw comparisons across media and include Internet nonusers and former users in their research.The authors call their research the Syntopia Project to convey the Internet's role as one among a host of communication technologies as well as the synergy between people's online activities and their real-world lives. Their major finding is that Americans use the Internet as an extension and enhancement of their daily routines. Contrary to media sensationalism, the Internet is neither a utopia, liberating people to form a global egalitarian community, nor a dystopia-producing armies of disembodied, lonely individuals. Like any form of communication, it is as helpful or harmful as those who use it.

"Joe Turow and Andrea Kavanaugh have brought together the Dream Team of Internet analysts and they have filed compelling and often startling dispatches from the frontier where people are using new technologies. The wired homestead is a place where families are changing the way they live and relate, and *The Wired Homestead* is an authoritative account of how that's happening and why."--Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet and American Life Project "Jim Katz and Ron Rice were doing Internet research way before it was cool and they have produced the kind of book that you'd expect from pioneers: It's brave and panoramic. It also has something for everyone: fresh research for data wonks, references to delightful and pathbreaking Web sites, and conclusions about the impact of the Internet that are fair-minded and far-reaching. Use of the Internet matters to more and more people and that's why this book matters a lot."--Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet and American Life ProjectPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote. "*Shaping the Network Society* documents and analyzes the emergence of civil society in cyberspace. Based on contributions by some of the best experts in the world, it is essential reading for students and practitioners of the new forms of democracy in the Information Age."--Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society, University of Southern California

List of Boxes, Tables, and Figures
America and the Internet: Access, Involvement, and Social Interactionp. 1
Access: Basic Issues and Prior Evidencep. 17
Access and Digital Divide: Resultsp. 35
Logging Off: Internet Dropoutsp. 67
Access and Digital Divide Examplesp. 83
Civic and Community Involvement
Civic and Community Involvement: Basic Issues and Prior Evidencep. 103
Political Involvement: Survey Resultsp. 135
Community Involvement: Survey Resultsp. 153
Involvement Examples: Evidence for an "Invisible Mouse"?p. 161
Social Interaction and Expression
Social Interaction and Expression: Basic Issues and Prior Evidencep. 203
Social Interaction: Survey Resultsp. 227
Interaction and Expression: Self, Identity, and Homepagesp. 265
Interaction and Expression Examplesp. 285
Integration and Conclusion
Access, Involvement, Interaction, and Social Capital on the Internet: Digital Divides and Digital Bridgesp. 321
App. A: Methodologyp. 357
App. B: Descriptive Statistics from Surveysp. 371
Referencesp. 411
Indexp. 439
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ISBN: 9780262112697
ISBN-10: 0262112698
Series: Social Consequences of Internet Use
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 484
Published: 1st October 2002
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.79