A comparative case study on the perceptions and usages of Poles and Greeks on digital file-sharing
This paper studies “informal” new media uses, from a critical and empirical perspective, by employing relevant literature on the promises of new media and everyday life culture, and by interviewing various people engaged with different in-formal new media/ICT activities. By new media and ICTs, I refer to portable, mass-produced and consumed digital devices (for example, tablets, smartphones, or laptops among other), and a variety of software programs and applications that enable individuals to do things on their own or with others. I am also including digital portals, platforms, the so-called social media, communica-tional networks, as well as peer-to-peer structures and open-source/free software systems and licenses enabled by digital technologies. These elements bring im-portant changes to social life; they alter the ways in which we perceive the world, the ways we work, the ways we inform ourselves and learn new skills, and the ways that politics are performed by authorities and by citizens.