First and foremost, I could not have completed this book without the loving support of my life partner, Jon Clark, and the times of no interruption given to me by my children, Jonathan and Allison Clark. I dedicate this book to them. I also appreciate the encouragement I’ve received from my parents, stepmom, and in-laws, Gerald Schofield, Sandra Schofield, Crea Clark, Janet Clark, and Joy Pearson-Obitz, my brother Rob, and my sisters and brothers-in-law Katie Webster Lois and Larry Ramey, Jan and Wiley Bucey, and Carol and Stephen Pardridge. My nieces Amanda Ramey and Sally Bucey need to be thanked for reliably setting me straight on mobiles and social media, my nephew Jon for showing me that Halo might not be so bad, and my nephews Jimmy Bucey, Joshua Pardridge, and Nick and Alex Maccallini for introducing me and my kids to Ultimate Dog Teaser, I Love Cats, Rebecca Black, Harry Potter Puppet Pals, the Muffin Man, Charlie the Unicorn, and every other viral teen thing. Consider yourselves Rick-rolled.
I wish to thank the University of Denver for providing me with an outstanding intellectual home and a matchless group of colleagues in the Media, Film, and Journalism Studies Department and the Emerging Digital Practices Program. Friday happy hours were a lifesaver, as were trips to Boulder to scheme with Adrienne Russell and John Tomasic. Thanks also to the University of Colorado at Boulder, and particularly Stewart Hoover, for support in the initial years of this project’s development and ever since. Thanks to the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Research Council for timely opportunities to serve as visiting professor and to test out ideas related to this book’s development. I particularly want to thank Stig Hjarvard for offering such a hospitable intellectual environment, and