This first book in Castells' groundbreaking trilogy, with a substantial new dynamics of the information age and shows how the network society. In this essay I will be assessing his theory on “the network society”, and outlining any relevant criticisms. By looking at Castells' upbringing and influences it. Written by one of the worlds leading social thinkers and researchers The Rise of the Network Society is the first of three linked investigations of contemporary.


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The network society

Networks are mode of organization of complex systems in nature and society. They are relatively complicated ways of organizing matter and living systems.


The characteristic of units and elements, among them human individuals, and the way they are made up, are not the focus of attention. So, networks occur both in complicated matter and in living systems at all levels.

Networks are selective according to their specific programs, because they can simultaneously the network society castells and incommunicate, the network society diffuses in the entire world, but does not include all people.

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In fact, in this early 21st century, it excludes most of humankind, although all of humankind is affected by its logic and by the power relationships that interact in the global networks of social organization.

What is new is the microelectronics-based, networking technologies that provide new capabilities to an old form of social organization: Networks throughout history had a major problem vis-a-vis other forms of social organization.

Thus, in the historical record, networks were the domains of the private life. Digital networking technologies enable networks to overcome their historical limits.

They can, at the same time, be flexible and adaptive thanks to their capacity to decentralize performance the network society castells a network of autonomous components, while still being able to coordinate all this decentralized activity on a shared purpose of decision making.

Networks are not determined by the industrial technologies but unthinkable without these technologies. In the early years of the 21st century, the network society is not the emerging the network society castells structure of the Information Age: It is mass communication because it is diffused throughout the Internet, so it the network society castells reaches the whole planet.

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It is self-directed because it is often initiated by individuals or groups by themselves bypassing the media system. The explosion of blogs, vlogs, podding, streamin and other forms of interactive, computer to computer communication set up a new system of global, horizontal communication Networks that, for the first the network society castells in history, allow people to communicate with each other without the network society castells through the channels set up by the institutions of society for socialized communication.

But it does not represent the world of freedom sung by the libertarian ideology of Internet prophets. The network society is also manifested in the transformation of sociability.

Network society

Yet, what we observe is not the the network society castells away of face-to-face interaction or the increasing isolation of people in front of their computers. We know, from studies in different societies, that are most instances Internet users are more social have more friends and contacts and re more socially politically active than non users.

Moreover, the more they use the Internet, the more they also engage in face to-face interaction in all domains of their lives. Similarly, new forms of wireless communication, from mobile phone voice communication to SMSs, WiFi and WiMax, substantially increase sociability, particularly for the younger the network society castells of the population.

The network society is a the network society castells social society, not a society of isolation. People, by and large, do not face their identity the network society castells the Internet, except for some teenagers experimenting with their lives.

People fold the technology into their lives, link up virtual reality and real virtuality; they live in various technological forms of communication, articulating them as they need it.

However, there is a major change in sociability, not a consequence of Internet or new communication technologies but a change that is fully supported by the logic embedded in the communication networks.

This is the the network society castells of networked individualism, as social structure and historical evolution induce the emergence of individualism as the dominant culture of our societies, and the new communication Technologies perfectly fit into the mode of building sociability along self-selected communication networks, on or off depending on the needs and moods of each individual.

So, the network society is a society of networked individuals.


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