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If you want to understand or teach the complex, interdisciplinary, and intriguing foundations for and social implications about one of the most significant social and technical transformations in communication history, this is the book. It is wide-ranging, integrative, literate, comprehensive, theoretical and practical, sometimes contrarian, thoughtful, encyclopedic, and moralRonald E. RiceArthur N. Rupe Professor in the Social Effects of Mass Communication, University of California Santa Barbara
An excellent, thought provoking and informative account.
Although this book is quite interesting to read and very complet I miss the suggestion of some exercises or brainstorming act ivies.
Nevertheless, it gives a very good insight about the network society and it will be suggested to students as optional further reading.
Fully revised, this Third Edition is a brilliant, thought-provoking, intelligent and highly illuminating book about new media. The Network Society is a basic text for general readers, students, and scholars of new media from different fields. It is an essential reading for anyone who is interested in understanding the widespread impact of the Internet. Van Dijk discusses foremost new issues and updates, including psychology of the Internet and characteristics of the information and network economy. This book covers a wide ranging approach to network society and social media.
On the list for our Virtual World module, very useful for its breadth, thoroughness and attention to the range of approaches
Excellent and seminal text providing students with broad overview of different aspects of the development of 'network society'. A must read for any student interested in the digital revolution and its global reach - socially, economically, politically.
MG3020/MG6308 essential readling for marketing communications and social media marketing course. Very informative interesetting text.
va Dijk offers a good dsicussion and analysis of key aspects of the network society thesis with some good insights. Clear and accesible
The network society affects us all every day yet few of us have the depth of understanding that this text presents us with. It is not just about the history of social media or who owns what, it gives a much broader picture of the ways in which networks affect life globally in terms of technology, economics, the law and politics as well as culturally, socially and psychologically. By drawing on various theoretical perspectives, it gives an all-round view of the subject, making it useful for students from a multitude of backgrounds.
The book offers a great overview of potential consequences once networks become increasingly dominant forms of social organisation.
A great introduction to network theory and sociology of new media
Great source for teachers and students alike! Well written and useful for many disciplines. Provides excellent up-to-date introduction to many aspects of today's network society and new media (evolution of, technological background, economy, politics, legislation, as well as social, cultural and psychological dimensions). Will recommend it in the next academic year too.
We are glad the updated version included a thorough review of several key topics such as fragmentation, concentration and personalisation.
Chapters from the book are used as recommended reading. The library will be requested to purchase copies of the book.
This book provides the students with an essential overview of the media and the impact of the internet. This understanding underpins the theory of why the fear of crime is rising. This book is a must for all those trying to understand the impact of the media and the internet on society. This book is a recommended because it provided an easy to read understanding of issues related to the module.
Informative book. Very relevant considering current developments with social media. Will be very useful for the module.
However, I did find the writing stile a little boring. Don't know how my students will react to it. I found myself loosing interest, which is strange for such a current and interesting topic.
An excellent book that is essential reading for any course that examines contemporary media.
This is a good text, and covers a gap in analysing the impact of technological change on society and culture. useful especially for postgraduate students.
The Network Society was considered an excellent resource, with a particular use for us in looking at the potential of the economic models used in realtion to adopting/ evaluating and critically analysing uses of technology. This does not apply to all students, but we have added it to the reading list as a valuable supplemntary resource.
A powerful, interdisciplinary text which helps promote the relevance of theoretical frameworks for the critical analysis of some of the digital media trends of most popular interest.