The Network Society is now more than ever the essential guide to the past, consequences and future of digital communication.
Fully revised, this Third Edition covers crucial new issues and updates, including:
* the long history of social media and Web 2.0: why it's not as new as we think
* digital youth culture as a foreshadow of future new media use
* the struggle for control of the internet among Microsoft, Google, Apple and Facebook
* the contribution of media networks to the current financial crisis
* complete update of the literature on the facts, theories, trends and technologies of the internet
* new features for students with boxes of chapter questions, conclusions and boxed explanations of key concepts
This book remains an accessible, comprehensive, must-read introduction to how new media function in contemporary society.
Jan A.G.M. van Dijk is an internationally recognized expert in the field of communication, his specific interest being new media studies. Van Dijk is the author of The Network Society (SAGE, 2012) and co-editor of Digital Democracy: Issues of Theory and Practice (SAGE, 2000). He is an advisor of the European Commission in the Information Society Forum. As a professor of Communication Science at Twente University, van Dijk teaches and develops the sociology of the information society, in particular the social-cultural, political, and organizational aspects.
Chapter 1. Introduction A New Infrastructure for Society A Second Communications Revolution? Characteristics of the New Media Communication Capacities of the New Media The Nature and Design of the 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 Technical Foundations of the Network Society Current Technical Trends Chapter 4. Economy Causes of the Current Communications Revolution A Flow Economy Enterprise 2.0 Markets, Hierarchies and Networks Characteristics of a Network Economy The Producers: From Infrastructure to Service Providers The Consumers: The Pushers and Pulled Chapter 5. Politics and Power The Vulnerability of Networks Network Politics The Internet: A Tool for Democracy? E-Participation Power in the Organization Privacy and Personal Autonomy Chapter 6. Law The Law Undermined by Networks Who Rules the Internet? Information and Communication Freedom Intellectual Property Rights The Right to Privacy Chapter 7. Social Structure Space and Time in the Network Society The Blurring Spheres of Living The Rise of the Social Media Unity and Fragmentation: A New Social Cohesion Networks and Social (In)Equality The Digital Divide The Instability of the Network Society Chapter 8. Culture What Is Digital Culture? Characteristics of Digital Culture The Quantity and Quality of New Media Content Digital Youth Culture: Foreshadow of the Future? Trends in New Media Use Chapter 9. Psychology Perception and the New Media Cognition and the New Media Learning with the New Media The Social Psychology of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) Changes in Human Personality? 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