Networked: The New Social Operating System

Networked: The New Social Operating System

by Lee Rainie, Barry Wellman
     
 

Daily life is connected life, its rhythms driven by endless email pings and responses, the chimes and beeps of continually arriving text messages, tweets and retweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos to post and discuss. Our perpetual connectedness gives us endless opportunities to be part of the give-and-take of networking.

Some worry that this new

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Overview

Daily life is connected life, its rhythms driven by endless email pings and responses, the chimes and beeps of continually arriving text messages, tweets and retweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos to post and discuss. Our perpetual connectedness gives us endless opportunities to be part of the give-and-take of networking.

Some worry that this new environment makes us isolated and lonely. But in Networked, Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman show how the large, loosely knit social circles of networked individuals expand opportunities for learning, problem solving, decision making, and personal interaction. The new social operating system of "networked individualism" liberates us from the restrictions of tightly knit groups; it also requires us to develop networking skills and strategies, work on maintaining ties, and balance multiple overlapping networks. Rainie and Wellman outline the
"triple revolution" that has brought on this transformation: the rise of social networking, the capacity of the Internet to empower individuals, and the always-on connectivity of mobile devices. Drawing on extensive evidence, they examine how the move to networked individualism has expanded personal relationships beyond households and neighborhoods; transformed work into less hierarchical, more team-driven enterprises; encouraged individuals to create and share content; and changed the way people obtain information. Rainie and Wellman guide us through the challenges and opportunities of living in the evolving world of networked individuals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262017190
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/11/2012
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
1,531,380
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Lee Rainie is Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet &
American Life Project and former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report. Barry Wellman is the S. D. Clark Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, where he directs NetLab.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

I The Triple Revolution 1

1 The New Social Operating System of Networked Individualism 3

2 The Social Network Revolution 21

3 The Internet Revolution 59

4 The Mobile Revolution 81

Interlude: A Day in a Connected Life 109

II How Networked Individualism Works 115

5 Networked Relationships 117

6 Networked Families 147

7 Networked Work 171

8 Networked Creators 197

9 Networked Information 223

Interlude: The Conversation Never Ends 245

III How to Operate in a Networked World, Now and in the Future 253

10 Thriving as a Networked Individual 255

11 The Future of Networked Individualism 275

Notes 303

Index 351

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