Superconnected is a unique text. At least, it’s not like any I’ve ever run across. It’s more like a gallery or collection of foundational ideas and research that will help students interested in the study of the internet, digital tech and society get started. It’s attracting attention and positive reviews from general readers as well. It’s comprehensive and accessible, and I’m told it neither “talks down” to readers nor mires them in jargon. (See “Reviews” for more on what people are saying about the book.)
My intent is for the book to take a huge chunk of the planning and basic information-gathering out of the job of teaching courses like Technology and Society, The Internet and Social Life, Digital Technology and Digital Culture, etc. It would also be a fine accompaniment to courses like Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Media Studies, and Self and Society, providing a host of digital examples to illustrate more general ideas.
My works always crosses disciplines, as I think that it doesn’t matter in which discipline good work is being done — it should be made available to those who would benefit from it. I enjoy synthesizing ideas from different disciplines and perspectives and bringing them into “conversation” with one another.This book should find interested readers, then, in fields including but not limited to sociology, communication, psychology, media studies, information science, technology studies, and other similar fields and sub-fields.
Books on technology tend to becomes somewhat dated as soon as they are published because there is such an astonishing amount of research being done in these fields these days. While I’ve worked hard to craft a narrative that will outlast the individual research findings that illustrate its larger ideas, some instructors using the text may want to supplement it with updated articles, blog posts, and other books on these topics.
Textbooks generally aren’t my thing. So I decided that the ultimate challenge would be to write one that I’d like to read and that people like me can learn from. Even if they’re not usually your thing, either…I hope you’ll give this one a try.
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