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Off-Track and OnlineThe Networked Spaces of Horse Racing$
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Holly Kruse

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034418

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034418.001.0001

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(p.167) 8 Reflections
Off-Track and Online

Holly Kruse

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The final chapter uses observations about technology, space, networks, and social interaction to argue that horse racing has been key in the development of communication and information networks, of public leisure destinations, and of Internet and interactive television interfaces. Indeed, in many ways the sport has played a role in creating the modern media, information, and leisure environment. It also emphasizes that in studies of technology, networks, communication, and society, researchers must take seriously how older people, working class people, poor people, people of color, people who live in geographical marginalized spaces, and others generally considered late adopters use both new and old technologies. Understanding age, gender, class, race, and geography in broader social contexts is perhaps the most important job of media studies.

Keywords:   horse racing, media studies, technology, networks, race, age, gender

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