No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior

No Sense of Place The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior How have changes in media affected our everyday experience behavior and sense of identity Such questions have generated endless arguments and speculations but no thinker has addressed the issue wit

  • Title: No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior
  • Author: Joshua Meyrowitz
  • ISBN: 9780195042313
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • How have changes in media affected our everyday experience, behavior, and sense of identity Such questions have generated endless arguments and speculations, but no thinker has addressed the issue with such force and originality as Joshua Meyrowitz in No Sense of Place Advancing a daring and sophisticated theory, Meyrowitz shows how television and other electronic mediaHow have changes in media affected our everyday experience, behavior, and sense of identity Such questions have generated endless arguments and speculations, but no thinker has addressed the issue with such force and originality as Joshua Meyrowitz in No Sense of Place Advancing a daring and sophisticated theory, Meyrowitz shows how television and other electronic media have created new social situations that are no longer shaped by where we are or who is with us.While other media experts have limited the debate to message content, Meyrowitz focuses on the ways in which changes in media rearrange who knows what about whom and who knows what compared to whom, making it impossible for us to behave with each other in traditional ways No Sense of Place explains how the electronic landscape has encouraged the development of More adultlike children and childlike adults More career oriented women and family oriented men and Leaders who try to act like the person next door and real neighbors who want to have a greater say in local, national, and international affairs.The dramatic changes fostered by electronic media, notes Meyrowitz, are neither entirely good nor entirely bad In some ways, we are returning to older, pre literate forms of social behavior, becoming hunters and gatherers of an information age In other ways, we are rushing forward into a new social world New media have helped to liberate many people from restrictive, place defined roles, but the resulting heightened expectations have also led to new social tensions and frustrations Once taken for granted behaviors are now subject to constant debate and negotiation.The book richly explicates the quadruple pun in its title Changes in media transform how we sense information and how we make sense of our physical and social places in the world.

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    1. Also posted on Eva Lucias blogInspired by Goffman’s theory, Joshua Meyrowitz puts his focus on self-representation through media. There is no longer a need for a physical place in relation to social interaction. It has developed into a modern transcendence without physical restrictions. We can connect and interact with our friends or strangers online, and on social media. Modern interaction can be submitted through a phone call, a text, a selfie or a snapchat. Furthermore, Meyrowitz focuses on [...]

    2. This book is a classic in the area of media and communication studies. It brings together Goffman's studies of interaction and Marshall McLuhan's analysis of the impact of electronic media on society. I highly recommend it. It's one of the books I probably will go back to again and again

    3. Great book on TV's impact on social structure (age, sex, social status).I wonder what the author would have thought about computer/internet's impact on the society.

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