June 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 144 Pages
ISBN 9781138601734 - CAT# K388067
Opting out of Digital Media showcases the role of human agency and cultural identity in the development and use of digital technologies. Based on academic research, news and trade reports, popular culture and 105 in-depth interviews, this book explores the contemporary opting out trend. It focuses directly on people’s intentions and the many reasons why they engage with or reject digital technologies.
Author Bonnie Brennen illustrates the nuanced thinking and numerous reasons why people choose to use some new technologies and reject others. Some interviewees opt out of digital technologies because of their ethical, political, environmental, religious or cultural beliefs. Other people consider new media superficial diversions that do not meet their expectations, needs or interests while some citizens worry about issues of privacy and security and reject digital technologies because of their fears. Still other people construct their cultural identities through the choices they make about their use of new media. In many cases the use or non-use of digital technologies offers specific representations of how people assert their independence, authority and agency over new media while in some cases the choices that people make about new technologies also illustrate their class position or socio-economic status.
Opting Out of Digital Media responds to the growing opting out trend, addressing the developments in the unplugging phenomenon. It serves as the ideal text for any reader interested in the role of digital technologies in our lives and how it has become a part of a mainstream movement.
Chapter One: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Digital Temperance Movement
Chapter 3: The Case of Artificial Intelligence
Chapter 4: Coexisting Technologies
Chapter 5: The Culture of Opting Out
Chapter 6: Online Privacy Concerns
Chapter 7: The Case of Social Media
Chapter 8: The Status of Opting Out