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Deciphering Cyberspace

Deciphering Cyberspace
Making the Most of Digital Communication Technology

October 2002 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Deciphering Cyberspace: Making the Most of Digital Communication Technology, a collection of new chapters by media experts, social-psychologists, and legal scholars, lucidly explores the modern digital information revolution with one goal: to demystify digital communication technology. By examining its subject matter from the three perspectives of technology, markets, and policy, Deciphering Cyberspace provides an impressively comprehensive view of the technical nature of cyberspace, its social impact, and legal significance for individuals, institutions, and society. Marrying the broad social and psychological impact of technology to the personal, this text goes beyond mere operation of technology and illuminates how systems work.

This text is recommended for courses examining digital media communication in mass media, communication technology, and telecommunications. Deciphering Cyberspace is a must-have volume for anyone interested in keeping connected and learning about the ever-changing world of technology in our increasingly mediated world.

Leonard Shyles
1. Radio and Television Broadcasting
Broadcasting in America

The Basics of Electromagnetic Radiation

From Radio to Television Transmission

The Expanded Video System

Cyberinterview: Michael Young

Leonard Shyles
2. Computers in Communication: Concepts and Application
The Language of Binary Code

The Move Toward Machine Calculation

Conceptual Foundations

From Theory to Practice

ASCII: Why 1 Is a Beautiful Number in the Computer Industry

Capturing Sound with Binary Code

Capturing Images

Standard Computer Architecture

Modern Computers

Chip Manufacturing

Cyberinterview: Dan Birenbaum

Leonard Shyles
3. Sending Messages Across the Network
Connecting Users: Access

From Analog to Digital Transmission

Growth of Telecommunications Network

Cellular Telephony

Cyberinterview: Charles Ehlin

Mark R. Banschick and Josepha S. Banschick
4. Children in Cyberspace
The Child/Internet Interface

Intellectual Development

Internet and the Social World

Identity Formation and the Internet

JoAnn Magdoff and Jeffrey B. Rubin
5. Social and Psychological Uses of the Internet
Who Uses the Internet?

When the Web Resembles the Real World

Re-creating Identity

What is the True Self? Online and Offline

Emergence and Complexity

Cyberinterview: Marvin Kane

Thomas McCain and Leigh Maxwell
6. Connected Learning in the Information Age
The Infrastructure of Education

The Unique Qualities of Digital Media

Administrative Challenges

Cyberinterview: Rick Marx

Judy C. Pearson
7. Adopting Instructional Technologies
Brief Overview

Assessing the Impact of Instructional Technologies

The Promise of Instructional Technologies

Challenges Facing Administrators

Keith Lee and Janessa Light
8. Law and Regulation, Part I: Individual Interests
Freedom of Expression

Constitutional Right to Privacy



Janessa Light and Katherine Neikirk
9. Law and Regulation, Part II: Business Interests




Appendix A: US Radio Spectrum Allocations and Uses

The broad approach doesn't enable the kind of detail I want students to access as a supplementary reader. It's a competitive market out there and unfortunately this book has aged somewhat.

Mr Clive McGoun
Dept of Psychology & Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University
September 14, 2010
Key features


  • Explains the physical principles that govern the functioning of all digital communication systems
  • Interviews with industry experts spark interest and provide material from lively classroom discussion
  • Chapter on connected education in the information age traces the history of new media in the field of communication

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