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The Rise of the Network Society by Manuel Castells
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Aug 11, 2008

really liked it
Read in September, 2012

I'm reading this for a class assignment. A lot of it is a useful historical review of world economic and technological trends and events from the 70s to the 90s, charting the rise of "network enterprises" as the key units of the new global economy. His main points are on the consequences of these changes, for example that the processes of innovation are marginalizing large sections of the global population, and that there is a growing antithesis between the Net and the Self leading to the rise of extremist, identity-based political and social movements. My professor has warned me not to get "sucked in" to the "seductive" arguments, but mostly I'm enjoying how it addresses my ignorance in some important areas.
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message 1: by Gerbik (new)

Gerbik Hey, Joe. Have you heard of this book:

I think it might be interesting to read alongside.

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