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Deciphering Cyberspace
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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.


 
PART I: TECHNOLOGY
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

 
 
PART II: MARKETS
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

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

 
Constitutional Right to Privacy

 
Copyrights

 
Epilogue

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

 
Jurisdiction

 
Defamation

 
Epilogue

 
 
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

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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