It takes a long time to birth an academic book, especially one that’s research-packed. But after several years (and not too many tears), I’m proud to announce that Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life will be published by Sage in early March 2016.
Superconnected is a truly interdisciplinary primer on living in a digital society. I bring together research from sociology, communication, psychology, information science, media studies, and other relevant fields, to take a look at digital life and connectedness from a number of points of view. The books begins with the important insight that just because the title of the book is Superconnected, we shouldn’t assume that the whole world is digitally connected. There are places in the world, such as much of southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, in which internet access, computers, and even electricity
are seriously scarce. About a quarter of the world’s population does not have
regular access to electricity, and although cell phones have penetrated the
developing world to a much greater extent than computers, they are used in
much more limited ways than they are in more technologically developed
areas, and owners are often hindered by inconsistent internet access, unreliable
service, and the inability to regularly charge their phones.
Still, for much of the developed world, digital connectivity impacts nearly every aspect of our day-to-day lives. From our individuals selves and identities, to our relationships and communities, to the social institutions that circumscribe our societies (family, work, government, education, religion, health care, the media), the internet and digital, social, and mobile technology have had a transformative impact. I’m looking forward to sharing these and many of the other dimensions and implications of superconnectedness in the book and on this blog, and I invite you to take a look at it on the Sage Publications website https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/superconnected-the-internet-digital-media-and-techno-social-life/book239425.