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The Network Society

Fourth Edition


November 2020 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Network Society is the essential guide to the past, consequences and future of digital communication, and forms a comprehensive introduction to how new media functions in contemporary society.

 

New to this edition:

  • Renewed focus on the digital media economy, including examples, cases and real-world applications
  • New coverage of disinformation and fake news, including deep fake videos
  • Expanded treatment of the data economy, artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, and the economy and regulation of the Internet
  • Updates to the story of digital youth culture, as a foreshadow of future new media use

 

Clear and engaging, this is a vital guide for digital and new media students seeking to understand a diverse, fast-moving field.



 
Chapter 1. Introduction
A New Infrastructure of Society

 
A Second Communication Revolution

 
Characteristics of the Digital Media

 
Communication Capacities of Digital Media

 
The Nature and Design of this Book

 
 
Chapter 2. Networks: the Nervous System of Society
What is a Network Society?

 
A Short History of the Human Web

 
Networks at All Levels

 
Causes of the Rise of Networks

 
The Seven ‘Laws’ of the Web

 
From Mass Society to Network Society

 
 
Chapter 3. Technology
The Relationship Between Technology and Society

 
Technical Foundations of the Network Society

 
Current Technical Trends

 
 
Chapter 4. Economy
The First, Second and Third Communications Revolution

 
Markets, Hierarchies and Networks

 
Main Characteristics of a Network and Data Economy

 
The Network Producers: From Infrastructure to Service Providers

 
The Rise of a Platform Economy

 
Consumers: the Pushers and the Pulled

 
 
Chapter 5. Social Structure
Space and Time in the Network Society

 
The Blurring Spheres of Living

 
Social Networks and Social Media

 
Unity and Fragmentation: A New Social Cohesion

 
The Instability of the Network Society

 
Networks and Social (In)equality

 
The Digital Divide

 
 
Chapter 6. Power and Politics
What is Network Power?

 
Technological Power

 
Societal Power: Politics and Democracy

 
Internet: Between Freedom and Control

 
Power in the Organization

 
Privacy and Personal Autonomy

 
 
Chapter 7. Culture
What is Digital Culture?

 
Characteristics of Digital Culture

 
The Quantity and Quality of Digital Media Content

 
Digital Youth Culture

 
Trends in Digital Media Use

 
 
Chapter 8. Psychology
Perception and the Digital Media

 
Cognition and the Digital Media

 
Learning with the Digital Media

 
The Social Psychology of Digital Media Communication

 
Changes in Human Personality?

 
 
Chapter 9. Law
The Law Undermined by Networks

 
Who Rules the Internet?

 
Information and Communication Freedom

 
Intellectual Property Rights

 
The Right to Privacy

 
Platform Regulation

 
 
Chapter 10. Conclusions and Policy Perspectives
General Conclusions

 
The Network Society in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Third World

 
Policy Perspectives for the Network Society

 

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