Social Media: Usage and Impact

Edited by Hana S. Noor Al-Deen and John Allen Hendricks
New York: Lexington, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7391-8009-9, 307 pp.

Review by David T. Coad


In the embedded Prezi is a review of the edited collection Social Media: Usage and Impact. This book studies—through theoretical, quantitative, and qualitative methods—a wide variety of issues related to social media. The five parts of the book look at issues ranging from how to use Twitter in the college classroom to how to stop defamation on Twitter, and from the rhetoric of social media at conferences to the rhetoric of social media in major political campaigns. To delve deeper into this fascinating collection of studies, view the Prezi above.

Reading Instructions

For an overview and application of the main issues covered in this book, simply click the forward arrow to follow the designated path of the Prezi. Since some of the text would be difficult to read otherwise, I recommend opening the Prezi for full-screen viewing.


Click here for a PDF version of the complete text.

About the Reviewer

David T. Coad is a graduate student at University of California, Davis, pursuing a PhD in education with an emphasis in writing, rhetoric, and composition studies. While working on his MA in English at San Jose State University, he became interested in digital rhetoric and social media. David is passionate about teaching college students the importance of critical thinking in digital spaces. His work has appeared in Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.