Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition

Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition Author Everett M. Rogers
ISBN-10 0743222091
ISBN-13 9780743222099
Year 2003-08-16
Pages 576
Language English
Publisher Free Press
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Now in its fifth edition Diffusion of Innovations is a classic work on the spread of new ideas In this renowned book Everett M Rogers professor and chair of the Department of Communication Journalism at the University of New Mexico explains how new ideas spread via communication channels over time Such innovations are initially perceived as uncertain and even risky To overcome this uncertainty most people seek out others like themselves who have already adopted the new idea Thus the diffusion process consists of a few individuals who first adopt an innovation then spread the word among their circle of acquaintancesa process which typically takes months or years But there are exceptions use of the Internet in the 1990s for example may have spread more rapidly than any other innovation in the history of humankind Furthermore the Internet is changing the very nature of diffusion by decreasing the importance of physical distance between people The fifth edition addresses the spread of the Internet and how it has transformed the way human beings communicate and adopt new ideas