Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction Rodney H Jones & Christophe A. Hafner (2012) Routledge

A great book which gives a really helpful insight into the notion of "affordances" and "constraints". They give the example of the invention of the wristwatch – how it changed what was possible – including the nature of battle – by allowing pilots/soldiers to co-ordinate action and free their hands from needs to consult a pocket watch. Many industrialisation processes are then based on the ability to keep track of time. Human interaction became more…

Eugene Loos et al: Generational Use of New Media (Ashgate: 2012)

This book looks at a number of studies across Europe, exploring assumptions about the ways that older and younger generations access the web, including addressing Prensky's notion of "digital natives"... and the idea that we group all young/old people into the same bracket - when entitlement and access do not necessarily mean a desire to go online. As they say: We are increasingly surrounded by information and no longer surf the net but live in…

Dan Gardner: Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear (2008)

Dan Gardner, a journalist, thinks that We are the healthiest, wealthiest, and longest-lived people in history. And we are increasingly afraid. This is one of the great paradoxes of our time. Identifying 9/11 as an example, he identifies how the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers sent people scurrying for their cars, rather than the planes - causing an extra 1600 people to die on the roads.. but in accidents that were un-mediaworthy. An extract…
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