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"The book already casts a broad net and brings in many treasures exploring issues around social media in so many fields. It makes for an excellent, vital read and makes a necessary to push into more thoughtful explorations on the topic."-Hyperallergic.com

“Collective intelligence, shareable goods, collaborative learning, demand media: all are explained by this wonderful book, and all are embodied by it. Many of the biggest names in digital and new media studies are here in a tome ready for the classroom that collects both canonical and original work. An outstanding addition to any media scholar or enthusiast’s personal library.” -Jonathan Gray,author of Show Sold Separately

"The Social Media Reader [is] groundbreaking in both form and content: evidence of the transformative power and potential of social media."-Studies in American Culture

About the Author

Michael Mandiberg is an artist and Associate Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He is the co-author of Digital Foundations: an Intro to Media Design and Collaborative Futures.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: New York University Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814764061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814764060
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. I. Berkman on May 31, 2012
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I teach social media for masters students in media studies, and use it as a required text because it pulls together so many of the fundamental themes related to social media, and contains original and clear works by the acknowledged experts in the field, ranging from dana boyd to Jay Rosen, Clay Shirky, Yochai Benkler, Lawrence Lessig and others.

However, because these works are generally some years older and/or able to be reprinted as they are open source, the book does not bring the reader right up to date on the latest thinking and developments either by these experts or others. But that's true for virtually any book on this topic, and if you use this to teach or inform yourself, be sure to supplement it with work in journals, newspapers, recent conferences etc.

Overall, though, it was a great idea to pull this together, and is a much needed contribution to the field of social media.
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This was required for a class. I did not find the material in the book at all challenging. It seems to be aimed at a person who understands absolutely nothing about the internet. The essays used are of varying quality: some interesting, some bland. Also, there was a lot of "filler" language used throughout - the same information could have been said in half the space.

Overall, the subject presented is interesting, but this book lacks depth and detail.
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