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Popular Culture and New Media

The Politics of Circulation

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This book explores the material and everyday intersections between popular culture and new media. Using a range of interdisciplinary resources the chapters open up various hidden dimensions, including objects and infrastructures, archives, algorithms, data play and the body that force us to rethink our understanding of culture as it is today.      

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"This timely book is well referenced and well argued throughout". CHOICE (Highly Recommended)

"Beer's book certainly offers a brilliant contribution to the ongoing redefinition of cultural sociology. It sheds new light on a single yet important problem, namely, the capacity of new media technologies to shape the individual's experience of popular culture.'

'David Beer's second book will have no difficulties gaining recognition as yet another milestone in an already prolific career. For the past decade, he has written extensively on the many sites where technology and contemporary culture blends and here he offers a first, if tacit, synthesis of his thoughts." - Cultural Sociology

"Popular Culture and New Media, a new book by UK sociologist David Beer, points clearly to the next horizon to which this critical cultural studies must orientate itself." - International Journal of Communication

"If the forms of popular culture today are closely linked to new technologies (new media), the links between them are, according to sociologist David Beer, a researcher at the University of York, relatively precisely studied. His work aims to work very precisely on these relationships in the context of studies on the daily practices (everyday life)." - Lectures

"... Beer convincingly argues that alongside their technological significance, new media are also cultural constructions or assemblages infused and overlain with powerful assumptions, held and enacted by both producers and consumers, about how and for what reasons data can and should be circulated." - David Wright, Cultural Trends

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of York, UK

    David Beer

About the author

David Beer is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York, UK. His previous publications include the book New Media: The Key Concepts (with Nicholas Gane).

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