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Oxford academics look at fake news, memes and digital health in update of seminal text

Published on
18 Jul 2019
Professor Mark Graham and Professor William H. Dutton today launch a revised edition of their popular academic reader ‘Society and the Internet, How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives’.

New and updated for 2019, the second edition of ‘Society and the Internet’ published by Oxford University Press explores the changing nature of society and increasing centrality of the Internet in everyday life and work, with new chapters on current topics such as fake news, memes, digital health, and the platform economy.

Co-edited by Graham and Dutton, their book comprises a multidisciplinary collection of theoretically and empirically anchored chapters which address the big questions about one of the most significant technological transformations of this century, through a diversity of data, methods, theories, and approaches.

Professor Mark Graham, Oxford Internet Institute, said ‘’Society and the Internet’ is essential reading for students, scholars, and those interested in understanding the interactions of the Internet and society. As topics like fake news and memes becoming increasingly visible we want to make sure our book stays at the cutting edge of Internet studies.”

Professor William Dutton, a Senior Fellow at the OII and Oxford Martin School, said, ‘Our book will be a valuable resource not only for students and researchers, but for anyone seriously questioning conventional wisdom — positive or negative — about the economic, social, and political factors shaping the Internet and its impact on society’.

This second edition presents new and original contributions examining the escalating concerns around social media, disinformation, big data, and privacy. Following a foreword by Manual Castells, the editors introduce some of the key issues in Internet Studies. The chapters then offer the latest research in five focused sections: The Internet in Everyday Life; Digital Rights and Human Rights; Networked Ideas, Politics, and Governance; Networked Businesses, Industries, and Economics; and Technological and Regulatory Histories and Futures.

Society and the Internet is perfect for courses on digital technologies and society and available now to order in paperback from Oxford University Press or from your favourite book store.

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