Encyclopedia of New Media
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Encyclopedia of New Media
An Essential Reference to Communication and Technology

  • Steve Jones - University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, University of Illinois at Chicago


© 2002 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Scholars and students finally have a reference work documenting the foundations of the digital revolution. Were it not the only reference book to cover this emergent field, Jones's encyclopedia would still likely be the best."
--CHOICE

"The articles are interesting, entertaining, well written, and reasonably long. . . . Highly recommended as a worthwhile and valuable addition to both science and technology and social science reference collections."
--REFERENCE & USER SERVICES QUARTERLY, AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

From Amazon.com to virtual communities, this single-volume encyclopedia presents more than 250 entries that explain communication technology, multimedia, entertainment, and e-commerce within their social context.

Edited by Steve Jones, one of the leading scholars and founders of this emerging field, and with contributions from an international group of scholars as well as science and technology writers and editors, the Encyclopedia of New Media widens the boundaries of today's information society through interdisciplinary, historical, and international coverage. With such topics as broadband, content filtering, cyberculture, cyberethics, digital divide, freenet, MP3, privacy, telemedicine, viruses, and wireless networks, the Encyclopedia will be an indispensable resource for anyone interested or working in this field.

Unlike many encyclopedias that provide short, fragmented entries, the Encyclopedia of New Media examines each subject in depth in a single, coherent article. Many articles span several pages and are presented in a large, double-column format for easy reading. Each article also includes the following:

  • A bibliography
  • Suggestions for further reading
  • Links to related topics in the Encyclopedia
  • Selected works, where applicable

 Entries include:

  • Pioneers, such as Marc Andreesen, Marshall McLuhan, and Steve Jobs
  • Terms, from "Access" to "Netiquette" to "Web-cam"
  • Technologies, including Bluetooth, MP3, and Linux
  • Businesses, such as Amazon.com
  • Key labs, research centers, and foundations
  • Associations
  • Laws, and much more

The Encyclopedia of New Media includes a comprehensive index as well as a reader's guide that facilitates browsing and easy access to information.

Recommended Libraries

Public, academic, government, special, and private/corporate

Comprehensive Index
List of Entries
A Reader's Guide
Introduction
Encyclopedia of New Media
Bibliography
Contributors
Name Index

"Scholars and students finally have a reference work documenting the foundations of the digital revolution. Authoritative and well organized, edited by communication professor and prominent new media scholar Jones, the encyclopedia's scope follows his wise tenet that any definition of the subject matter 'derives from an understanding of history, technology, and society in combination.' In this spirit, the signed articles by more than three dozen contributors, mostly academics, provide clear, critical overviews of the people, products, events, social implications, trends, texts, and concepts related to contemporary innovations in communication and information technology. Selected bibliographies, suggested readings, and cross-references to related subjects appear throughout, and thorough indexing bridges any perceived omissions among individual entries. Were it not the only reference book to cover this emergent field, Jones's encyclopedia would still likely be the best."

CHOICE

“There is something for everyone within the just over 250 entries….All entries conclude with useful bibliographies, which, not surprisingly, feature a large number of Web citations….Recommended for all public and academic libraries.”


“The articles are interesting, entertaining, well written, and reasonably long. . . . Highly recommended as a worthwhile and valuable addition to both science and technology and social science reference collections.”

Reference & User Services Quarterly, American Library Association

"From Space Invaders to digital television, the 275 entries explore the developments of computer and Web applications and related media. Most take a historical perspective to innovation, but many explain such concepts as access, firewalls, information design, linking, markup languages and usability. . . . This informed and up-to-date guide to emerging technologies is highly recommended to academic and public libraries."

John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian
East Carolina University
Lawrence Looks at Books
Key features
  • Edited by Steve Jones, one of the most renowned scholars of new media studies
  • Entries are balanced between information technology and the social landscape
  • Includes 275 entries and 25 photographs

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