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The Irrevocable Alteration of Communication: A Glimpse Into the Societal Impact of Digital Media

The Irrevocable Alteration of Communication: A Glimpse Into the Societal Impact of Digital Media
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Author(s): Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Baker (University of Missouri, USA), Arwa Alfayez (University of Missouri, USA), Christy Dalton (University of Missouri, USA), Renee Smith McInnish (University of Missouri, USA), Rebecca Schwerdtfeger (University of Missouri, USA) and Mojtaba Khajeloo (University of Missouri, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 35
Source title: Digital Multimedia: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3822-6.ch065

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Abstract

In our digital society, the ability to communicate has irrevocably changed. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a glimpse into the impact of digital media on society, specifically digital communication. This glimpse is framed in terms of four characteristics of digital communication: product/ion, semiotic, public, and transitory. Issues are examined that relate to the democratization and monopolization of communication, who has access, the persistent Spiral of Silence, privacy, cyber bullying, identity theft, the ethereal being captured, as well as education and new literacies. Methodological gaps are noted in the research corpus and suggestions are proposed regarding the need for timeliness, support for a comprehensive span of research paradigms, and representation of a full range of populations. Finally, implications and recommendations are explored for civic engagement, commerce, education, and policy.

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