Just enjoyed Tara Brabaxon’s review of Carrie James’ new volume Disconnected: Youth, New Media and the Ethics Gap which takes up some popular themes with a new twist.
“When in doubt celebrate of blame the internet” writes Brabaxon of James’ new work.
She is obviously not really that impressed with the predictable profiling of young people through interviews. Rather, it is when the volume considers digitally enabled social fractures that James’ book becomes more valuable.
Another well worn path – that digitalisation fosters community and isolation in tandem – is trod without really examining why that is.
The digital audience – which is inherently young – is characterised by a number of social characteristics which are both complimentary and contradictory.
I will buy the book myself because it is another volume, apparently, covering themes which have been central to my recent research.
Digitalisation – according to Brabaxon, still has to live up to the expectations of those “early evangelical theorists”.