Week 8: Networks

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Castells, M. Excerpts from “Informationalism, Networks, and the
Network Society: A Theoretical Blueprint.” From the Network Society: A Cross Cultural Perspective. Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, pgs. Pgs 165-172.

Human beings are connected to each other through technology, these connections form a group and this group can be described as a network. We see it in its simple form everyday on social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. We are joined together through a society which is not necessarily physical. The way we communicate has evolved with technological advances. I think this week’s reading makes us question how ‘cultures’ (Castells  p. 186)are formed through networking. It makes me wonder how the participants interact with different networks and if one aspect would be changed would it affect the whole network?

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