By Manuel Castells
We are living in the middle of a revolution in communique applied sciences that has effects on the way humans consider, imagine, and behave. The mass media (including web-based media), Manuel Castells argues, has turn into the gap the place political and enterprise energy recommendations are performed out; energy now lies within the fingers of these who comprehend or regulate communique.
over the past thirty years, Castells has emerged as one of many world's major communications theorists. during this, his such a lot far-reaching ebook for a decade, he explores the character of energy itself, within the new communications surroundings. His imaginative and prescient encompasses enterprise, media, neuroscience, expertise, and, specifically, politics. His case histories comprise international media deregulation, the incorrect information that surrounded the invasion of Iraq, environmental routine, the position of the web within the Obama presidential crusade, and media keep watch over in Russia and China. within the new community society of fast messaging, social networking, and blogging--"mass self-communication"--politics is essentially media politics. This truth is in the back of a world predicament of political legitimacy that demanding situations the which means of democracy in a lot of the realm.
Deeply researched, far-reaching in scope, and incisively argued, this can be a ebook for somebody who desires to comprehend the dynamics and personality of the trendy world.
"How may possibly Manuel Castells have expected that now could be the time of the fitting typhoon? i don't recognize. yet i know that his new e-book coincides with the biggest downturn in worldwide economies because the Thirties, with crucial American election because the Sixties, with a such a lot radical transformation of worldwide politics in lots of generations, and with the main profound reevaluation of the lives of recent voters, from what they worth to how they impart. we have now turn into used to Castells' cautious scholarship and penetrating analyses yet during this new booklet he cuts deeper into the guts of the problem. occasionally he presents illuminating solutions and the place he can't, he frames the questions that needs to be replied. it is a strong and masses wanted ebook for an international in crisis."--Antonio Damasio
"Manuel Castells unites the brain of a social scientist with the soul of an artist. His trilogy took us to the sting of the millennium. This booklet takes us past to the severe crossroads of the twenty first century, the place know-how, conversation, and tool converge."--Rosalind Williams, Director, application on technology, expertise and Society, MIT
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But in terms of value-making (in ﬁnance, in manufacturing, in research, in sports, in entertainment, in military action, or in political capital), it is the self-programmable worker who counts for any organization in control of resources. Thus, the organization of the work process in the network society acts on a binary logic, dividing self-programmable labor from generic labor. Furthermore, the ﬂexibility and adaptability of both kinds of labor to a constantly changing environment is a precondition for their use as labor.
Communication networks are the patterns of contact that are created by the ﬂow of messages among communicators through time and space” (Monge and Contractor, 2003: 3). So, networks process ﬂows. Flows are streams of information between nodes, circulating through the channels of connection between nodes. A network is deﬁned by the program that assigns the network its goals and its rules of performance. This program is made of codes that include valuation of performance and criteria for success or failure.
2007). But everybody is affected by the processes that take place in the global networks that constitute the social structure. , 2002; Stiglitz, 2002; Kaldor, 2003; Grewal, 2008; Juris, 2008). Globalization is better understood as the networking of these socially decisive global networks. Therefore, exclusion from these networks, often in a cumulative process of exclusion, is tantamount to structural marginalization in the global network society (Held and Kaya, 2006). The network society diffuses selectively throughout the planet, working on the pre-existing sites, cultures, organizations, and institutions that still make up most of the material environment of people’s lives.