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"Lively and thought-provoking throughout, this book challenges the myth that ‘cyberspace' dramatically transforms personal connections by revealing, instead, the complex and subtle ways in which people manage social interaction online and offline in response to the affordances of the various modes of communication available."
Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and author of Children and the Internet
"Something is happening. Do you know what it is? Nancy Baym does, with a book bristling with ideas and authority. Filled with clear, lively writing, she both surveys and advances the field. I learned so much."
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto
"Baym provides us a clear, concise, and thought-provoking discussion of the role of new digital media our interpersonal and societal relationships. She creates a welcome blend of her own and others' research, the affordances and capabilities of new media, historical and technical contexts of the telegraph through the Internet, stable as well as changing societal norms, and her own Internet experiences."
Ronald E. Rice, University of California, Santa Barbara
The book identifies the core relational issues these media disturb and shows how our talk about them echo historical discussions about earlier communication technologies. Chapters explore how we use mediated language and nonverbal behavior to develop and maintain communities, social networks, and new relationships, and to maintain existing relationships in our everyday lives. The book combines research findings with lively examples to address questions such as: Can mediated interaction can be warm and personal? Are people honest about themselves online? Can relationships that start online work? Do digital media damage the other relationships in our lives? Throughout, the book argues that these questions must be answered with firm understandings of media qualities and the social and personal contexts in which they are developed and used.
Personal Connections in the Digital Age will be required reading for all students and scholars of media, communication studies, and sociology, as well as all those who want a richer understanding of digital media and everyday life.
If you are fascinated by outsides trying to figure out how people communicate on the Internet you may enjoy the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark L. West
Great read. I am glad my professor chose this textbook. It gives a great overview of the cultural and social dynamics currently developing in the Digital Age.Published on October 6, 2013 by Red Rose
Bought it as a textbook but have truly enjoyed reading it and have learned a LOT. Very well written in a style that is not textbook dry and holds your interest.Published on September 5, 2013 by MollyM
Needed this book for school and it was a fun and easy read. Would have liked it better if there was a Kindle version instead of just the print.Published on August 26, 2013 by Ahnaliese Dunn
All content aside, this book should not be sold at full price because the printing press was defective. The first few chapters' page were assembled out of order. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by C.D.L.