21 April 2010 Lecture

21 April 2010 Lecture - 21April2010Lecture 14:19...

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21 April 2010 Lecture 14:19 *Get beginning of Notes * New Media as Panacea or Problem Optimists (Enthusiasts) Equality Social capital Political engagement Voice for minorities Increased knowledge Anonymous More time and flexibility Social movements Pessimists (skeptics) Inequality (digital divide and the gap hypothesis) Social isolation Political disengagement Polarization and extremism Loss of privacy Distraction and danger Tools for bad people Historical Concerns with New Media There have always been fears that each new form of technology will diminish good-old- fashioned means of maintaining friendships, family, political engagement,  communities… Telegraph
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Phone Internet  Optimists, Pessimists, Neither or Mixed? Mixed effects—it depends on type of new media and context On balance data tend to support optimistic hypotheses more than pessimistic  hypotheses Effects are smaller than expected or nonexistent
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