CHAPTER ONE: New forms of personal connection.
CHAPTER TWO: Making New Media make sense.
CHAPTER THREE: Communication in digital spaces.
CHAPTER FOUR: Communities and Networks.
CHAPTER FIVE: New relationships, new selves?
CHAPTER SIX: Digital media in relational development and maintenance.
CONCLUSION: The myth of cyberspace.
Times Higher Education
"Lively and thought-provoking throughout, this book challenges the myth that ‘cyberspace' dramatically transforms personal connections by revealing, instead, the complex and subtle ways in which people manage social interaction online and offline in response to the affordances of the various modes of communication available."
Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and author of Children and the Internet
"Something is happening. Do you know what it is? Nancy Baym does, with a book bristling with ideas and authority. Filled with clear, lively writing, she both surveys and advances the field. I learned so much."
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto
"Baym provides us a clear, concise, and thought-provoking discussion of the role of new digital media our interpersonal and societal relationships. She creates a welcome blend of her own and others' research, the affordances and capabilities of new media, historical and technical contexts of the telegraph through the Internet, stable as well as changing societal norms, and her own Internet experiences."
Ronald E. Rice, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Introduction to the roles played by digital media such as the internet and mobile phone in personal relationships.
- Covers a breadth of relationships, from friendships through online dating to communities and social networks.
- Uses a wealth of contemporary examples to ask questions such as whether online interaction can be warm and personal and whether using these media damages the other relationships in our lives.
- Written as a primer for undergraduates by one of the leading scholars in the field of digital media studies.
- Combines a data-grounded approach with broad social-theoretical context.