How the World Changed Through Social Media is the very first book in Why We Post; a book series which studies the findings of sociologists who each spent nearly 15 weeks living in rural communities throughout the world. They document what they observe and then attempt to apply that to our culture through their lens. The research isn’t perfect, but its scope and insights into the changing world are comprehensive and truly illuminating. In this book, Davis and Goodman provide an exploration of how we’ve used social media, what their findings portend, and what we can do to make life healthier, more just, and more honest.
The first book in the Why We Post series examines how the Internet has changed communication for the better. Through a series of comparative analysis summarising previous efforts and comparing today’s social networking sites to those from the past, this lively book offers a necessary glimpse into the modern digital age. It also offers a useful corrective to the increasing negativity and cyber-bullying prevalent in recent years.
The second book in the series, How the World Changed through Social Media, offers a similar corrective. Although not actually about social media, this book offers a similar corrective perspective on the way we communicate and interact with one another. Specifically, the book offers a critical analysis of Nine Inch Nails’ Year Zero album, examining the impact it had upon the global music industry. Although the main thrust of the book is why such a large-scale artistic collaborative and public platform was created in the first place, and why it still continues to be used today, the book spends several chapters exploring Nine Inch Nails’ own role in the whole affair. The book is entertaining and informative, especially when you consider some of the biting social commentary found in the album lyrics.
The third book in the nine anthropologist’s series, How the World Changed Through Social Networking is subtitling More Than a Social Network. This book offers an anthropological look at how we have come to use and interact with computers and technology to organize our everyday lives. Although this book covers a broad topic, it primarily addresses how the rise of social media websites, and particularly Facebook, have influenced our relationships and interactions with one another.
In this book, the focus is not so much on Facebook per se, but rather on how we use these online social media outlets to connect with others. anthropologists Isabelle Castele and Jaewyn Forbes draw on personal accounts and other mediums to make this case. In particular, they take the example of Facebook’s “Like” function, and how the site allows members to re-like posts that they see as relevant to their social media needs. The authors then examine how this function evolved and how it has changed the way that people interact in the real world.
The fourth book in the series, How the World Changed Through Social Networking, offers an anthropological look at how we have come to use and interact with computers and technology to organize our day-to-day lives. The book begins by briefly surveying the development of the computer and the role that it plays in our everyday lives. Next, they chart the evolution of technology through the ages, noting the different types of technologies that have developed over time. Finally, they examine how technology has influenced our interpersonal relationships, especially how it has affected the formation of relationships within work groups and between coworkers.
The last book in the series, How the World Changed Through Social Networking, covers how the use of social media sites like Facebook and MySpace has affected traditional forms of interpersonal relationships. The book starts out with an explanation of why people might be using these social media outlets in the first place. Then, they examine how this usage has influenced how people interact in the workplace and among friends. They then take a close look at how this type of media has impacted various aspects of their lives, such as how it has affected work and school performance and how it has affected and changed their romantic relationships. They finish up the book with a look at how social media can affect education more generally.
The book series offers a unique window into how human beings have managed to adapt to changing technologies. Social media has changed how business is conducted and how people interact with each other in very real ways. These changes have generated unforeseen consequences that have affected virtually every aspect of our lives. In How the World Changed Through Social Networking, Hill and Griffiths provides an unprecedentedly thorough and in-depth look at this changing medium. Combining sociological research with cutting-edge technology analysis, the book not only poses an interesting question, but also provides detailed, thoughtful answers.