- Introduction: Communication in the Networked Age
- Networks and Information Flow: The Second Golden Age
- Rebooting Mass Communication: Using Computational and Network Tools to Rebuild Media Theory
- Partition-Specific Network Analysis of Digital Trace Data: Research Questions and Tools
- How Can Computational Social Science Motivate the Development of Theories, Data, and Methods to Advance Our Understanding of Communication and Organizational Dynamics?
- The New Dynamics of Organizational Change
- Online Communication by Emergency Responders during Crisis Events
- Gender and Networks in Virtual Worlds
- Understanding Social Dynamics Online: Social Networks, Social Capital, and Social Interactions
- The Analysis of Social Capital in Digital Environments: A Social Investment Approach
- Multiplying the Medium: Tie Strength, Social Role, and Mobile Media Multiplexity
- Modeling and Measuring Deliberation Online
- Political Communication Research in a Networked World
- Moving Beyond Sentiment Analysis: Social Media and Emotions in Political Communication
- A Satisficing Search Model of Text Production
- Studying Networked Communication in the Middle East: Social Disrupter and Social Observatory
- Mobile Space and Agility as the Subversive Partner
- One Foot on the Streets, One Foot on the Web: Analyzing the Ecosystem of Protest Movements in an Era of Pervasive Digital Communication
- Our Stage, Our Streets: Brooklyn Drag and the Queer Imaginary
- Research on Mobile Phone Data in the Global South: Opportunities and Challenges
- The Ethics of Digital Research
- Digital Trace Data and Social Research: A Proactive Research Ethics
- A Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Web Data Collection
- Responsible Research on Social Networks: Dilemmas and Solutions
- Unintended Consequences of Using Digital Methods in Difficult Research Environments
- Ethical Issues in Internet Research: The Case of China
- Conclusion: The Past and Future of Communication Research
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses how digital technologiesrevisit the role that space and mobility play in communication processes. Digital research tools make it possible to develop innovative research approaches and a richer empirical and theoretical understanding of how space shapes social dynamics. The argument centers on the tensions between the unimpeded sweep of mobile communication across space and time and the sticky local embeddedness that characterizes on-the-ground bodies, political cultures, and social networks. The discussion sketches out exciting new research frontiers while paying attention to cautions that must be observed going forward.
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
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