The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business and Society

The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business and Society

by Manuel Castells
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199241538

ISBN-13: 9780199241538

Pub. Date: 12/13/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Manuel Castells is one of the world's leading thinkers on the new information age, hailed by The Economist as "the first significant philosopher of cyberspace," and by Christian Science Monitor as "a pioneer who has hacked out a logical, well-documented, and coherent picture of early 21st century civilization, even as it rockets forward largely…  See more details below

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Manuel Castells is one of the world's leading thinkers on the new information age, hailed by The Economist as "the first significant philosopher of cyberspace," and by Christian Science Monitor as "a pioneer who has hacked out a logical, well-documented, and coherent picture of early 21st century civilization, even as it rockets forward largely in a blur." Now, in The Internet Galaxy, this brilliantly insightful writer speculates on how the Internet will change our lives.
Castells believes that we are "entering, full speed, the Internet Galaxy, in the midst of informed bewilderment." His aim in this exciting and profound work is to help us to understand how the Internet came into being, and how it is affecting every area of human life--from work, politics, planning and development, media, and privacy, to our social interaction and life in the home. We are at ground zero of the new network society. In this book, its major commentator reveals the Internet's huge capacity to liberate, but also its ability to marginalize and exclude those who do not have access to it. Castells provides no glib solutions, but asks us all to take responsibility for the future of this new information age.
The Internet is becoming the essential communication and information medium in our society, and stands alongside electricity and the printing press as one of the greatest innovations of all time. The Internet Galaxy offers an illuminating look at how this new technology will influence business, the economy, and our daily lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199241538
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/13/2001
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Opening: The Network is the Message1
1Lessons from the History of the Internet9
2The Culture of the Internet36
3e-Business and the New Economy64
4Virtual Communities or Network Society?116
5The Politics of the Internet I: Computer Networks, Civil Society, and the State137
6The Politics of the Internet II: Privacy and Liberty in Cyberspace168
7Multimedia and the Internet: The Hypertext beyond Convergence188
8The Geography of the Internet: Networked Places207
9The Digital Divide in a Global Perspective247
Conclusion: The Challenges of the Network Society275
Index283

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