This introductory chapter presents the main focus of the book, which is to define a conceptual framework for understanding the social changes influenced by digital media and to educate on how to interact critically with digital media and culture. It defines digital literacy and expounds on the effects of phenomena related to new media on the individual and society as a whole. It addresses the issues of authorship, copyright, distribution, and preservation in and of digital publications. The chapter also aims to aid in the understanding of the language of digital media, which requires the decoding of technical effects and understanding the meaning behind their interaction.
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