Interactivity 2

Posted on 8th July 2014

Head of Media Alec Charles has published a new edition of his work on new media.

Alec's new book, Interactivity 2, is a follow-up to his 2012 book Interactivity: New Media, Politics and Society.

The book takes a look at how new media have changed the ways we live our lives and interact with our societies. It explores the impacts of Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, video games and reality TV, and looks at some of the more unusual effects of online culture - including British riots, Arab revolutions, the disappearance of a Pacific island and the appearance of a mega-giant squid. It investigates the social media responses to the deaths of Nelson Mandela and of Peaches Geldof, and investigates the influences of and reactions to The Great British Bake Off, I'm a Celebrity and The X Factor. It suggests that, while the internet has certainly made the world a rather different place, it remains to be seen whether it makes it a better or worse - or just a stranger - one.

So far in 2014 Alec has also published The End of Journalism Version 2.0, and has contributed pieces to the journals British Politics and Science Fiction Film and Television. His future publications include a chapter about The Killing in a forthcoming book about the psychology of happiness.