The Internet has had a faster diffusion rate among Canadians than any other technology, reaching over 80% in 2010 (Haight, Quan-Haase, & Corbett, 2012). Many Canadians use the Internet every day. Although a clearer picture has emerged about who uses the Internet and how often, still many questions about how the Internet affects society remain unanswered. How does the Internet affect social contact? How does the Internet affect family ties? How does the Internet affect community? This session invites papers that examine how the Internet has changed our everyday lives. Of especial interest are papers that take a critical view of the Internet and its effect on society. Also theoretical papers that address critical issues of Internet use are welcomed.
This session has been divided into two sub-sessions.
Media and Society: A Critical Perspective I
Session Code: MeS6-A
Session Chair: Anabel Quan-Haase, University of Western Ontario
Media and Society: A Critical Perspective II
Session Code: MeS6-B
Session Chair: David Toews, York University