Summary of chapter 6 In this chapter we have told a different story about new media worlds, approaching them from the perspective of disability. We have introduced the new, critical ways of thinking about disability as a social, cultural and political phenomenon, and suggested that such an approach can dovetail productively with approaches from social studies of science and technology that also offer a counter to technological determinism. Our case studies of computers, email, the Internet, blogging and mobile cultures illustrate the rich, dense, diverse, overlapping yet relatively self-contained nature of disability and new media worlds. We have argued that to explore disability and new media technologies not only teaches us much about the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who identify as people with disability, it also teaches us much about the constitution and transformation of media, culture and technology—and the new forms of embodiment and mediation we inhabit.
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