In this book, Corinne M. Dalelio analyzes how the rise of interactive media over the last few decades has had enormous impacts on every aspect of American society—the ways in which we organize, produce, consume, engage, entertain, and inform. Yet the vestiges of the one-way, broadcast model of the media industries continue to be primary, prominent, and persuasive in our culture, Dalelio argues. This book offers clarity and insight into the current media landscape by first outlining what it is that makes interactive media distinct from that which came before, and then identifying the harmonies and tensions between media systems—new and old—as they operate in various communicative contexts still in flux. These contexts include art, journalism, activism, marketing, and even the public sphere. Dalelio encourages readers to hone their critical digital literacy skills by supplying them with analytical concepts and theoretical principles that can be applied, regardless of how these tools change or evolve, ultimately enabling more thoughtful and meaningful interactive media usage and consumption. Elucidated throughout with interesting and relevant narrative examples, this book offers an engaging and straightforward presentation of the current scholarly understanding of these tools along with practical tips for navigating the challenges of our complex media ecosystem. Scholars of media studies, communication, sociology, and American studies will find this book particularly useful.
Corinne M. Dalelio is assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and Culture at Coastal Carolina University.
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Interactive Media
Chapter 2: The Media Convergence Ecosystem
Chapter 3: Groups and Communities
Chapter 4: Networks
Chapter 5: Amateur Media
Chapter 6: Citizen News
Chapter 7: Collaboration
Chapter 8: Activism
Chapter 9: Convergence Consumerism
Chapter 10: Media Industry Concerns and Confrontations
Chapter 11: New Models for Converging Media
Chapter 12: The New Gatekeepers
Chapter 13: Privacy and Surveillance
Chapter 14: Heading into the Future
About the Author
In this book, Dalelio reminds us of the key importance of interactivity as a defining characteristic of media that span generations and span the globe. She convincingly suggests that the human-computer relationship is a co-authored one, with the latter increasingly responsive to the input of the former. Interactive media can be found in familiar and unfamiliar places, from mobile phones and videogame consoles to eyeglasses and kitchen countertops. This volume introduces us to a shared understanding of interactivity. Through a combination of narrative and social sciences, readers are invited to both celebrate and question how our technologies impact the form and function of our interactions with each other.
Corinne Dalelio's newsletter about the role of communication and media in our society can be found at http://corinnedalelio.substack.com. In this newsletter, Dalelio will update and expand upon topics discussed in Interactive Media and Society.