My co-editor Laura Robinson and I just finished assembling a special issue of Information, Communication and Society. It is a collection of the best papers on technology themes from the American Sociological Association meetings in the summer of 2011. This special issue is called “The Social Matrix of the Emergent Web: Governance, Exchange, Participation, & Engagement.”
From our introductory essay:
In the 2012 ASA Communication and Information Technologies Special Issue, we are pleased to bring together eight articles revealing the importance of social engagement on the web. This issue contains research speaking to scholarship dealing with four key topics: governance, exchange, participation, and engagement. Taken together, these eight articles raise far-reaching questions about the intersection of new media and various social formations and processes. Each of these contributions addresses fundamental issues both about the social matrix in which the internet continues to evolve and the effects of technologically mediated communication and interaction on contemporary social life.
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