As more of our human interaction moves online and facilitated by digital channels, it becomes increasingly important to understand how being online influences how we interact with others and ourselves. This textbook introduces students to the fundamental concepts, theories, and applications of computer-mediated communication. To prevent information from being dated, the text begins by building a foundational understanding of CMC theories—including CFO, SIP, SIDE, and hyperpersonal—to understand how being online affects human-human communication in a way that is not dependent on or embedded in a particular channel. From there, subsequent chapters explore how CMC intersects with and affects other communication subdisciplines, including interpersonal, organizational, and intergroup. After exploring these intersections, the textbook considers various uses of CMC, including to persuade, to entertain, and to facilitate relationships. Though contemporary examples are offered to illustrate theories and application, the text is written in a way that allows and encourages scholars to think about their own media use in a broader and channel-agnostic mindset, applying what they learn beyond just Instagram and Snapchat, to make sense of their modern and digital world.
Part I. Infrastructure1. What is the Internet?2. The Nature of Computer Mediated Communication
Part II. Theories3. Impersonal Communication Theories4. Interpersonal Communication Theories5. Group Communication Theories
Part III. Contexts6. Organizational Communication7. Group Communication8. Interpersonal Communication9. Intrapersonal Communication
Part IV. Applications
10. Social Media
11. Video Games12. Advertising & Public Relations13. Politics14. The Future
Carr offers a carefully crafted introductory text to help students and other readers get the most out of computer-mediated communication…. Carr begins with a clear definition of computer-mediated communication as a distinct field of research…and concludes with thoughtful examination of how the still-emerging tools of digital connectivity shape the nature of our interactions from small to large scales. True to the author's promise at the outset, this text provides a user-friendly overview of the current scholarship devoted to online communication and its relationship to the broader sociocultural environment, where communicating online has become a routine in both work and leisure. As Carr indicates, the book was written primarily for college students interested in communication and digital media. That said, given the important topics addressed and the author's superior presentation skills, the book will certainly be useful to audiences beyond academe. Recommended.
A must-read book of computer-mediated communication! If you want to study the latest “it” phenomenon, this is the go-to-book with comprehensive knowledge incorporating development of theories and the latest terms. The most updated and thorough knowledge of computer-mediated communication with easy-reading tone is all here in this book!
The most comprehensive overview of the field of computer-mediated communication (CMC) - from the classic theories from the early days of the internet to phenomena like lightweight interactions on social media. The book is nevertheless timeless because it focuses on properties of CMC rather than specific technologies. A great resource for students!
Professor Carr has provided a theoretically-rich and comprehensive review of computer-mediated communication research. The book spans a variety of important topics from the history of the Internet and early days of computer-mediated communication research to issues such as the digital divide, cybersurveillance, and the future of online communication. Moreover, the book masterfully synthesizes a large and diverse body of computer-mediated communication studies across multiple contexts, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, and political communication. This book should become an important resource for researchers and students interested in computer-mediated communication in its many varied forms.
This book is a much-needed addition to the area of CMC that goes beyond an introduction and provides students with real-world, practical applications of the concepts covered. Carr offers a unique, refreshing take that draws upon CMC’s rich historical and theoretical foundations to orient students to the diversity of forms and functions of online interaction. Through clear, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand sections, this book should be of interest to both those who teach CMC as well as those wanting a well thought out initiation into it.
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