Understanding the Network Society Paradigm


A network society can be defined as:

A term used to characterize the changes in a society brought about by the Internet communication technologies and in which individuals and groups organised around digital information networks. 

This week we covered how a network society was developed by global information networks with the establishment of computers and the internet in our everyday lives.

Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells developed the definition of a network society. Being the foremost theorist of the concept, he shared that it is a society whose social structure is made up of networks powered by micro-electronics-based information and communications technologies.” His analysis included social, cultural, political and economic factors that are affected by the growth and production of accessible technology that brings us together on a global scale.

Facebook is a perfect example of a network society, where anyone who chooses to can join the network, communicate and contribute to its conservation. Some people are more inactive than others, however, they are still considered to be contributors in this society – though not as present.

I added a glitch to my remediation this week because the rapid increase of internet use has globally impacted our ability to network faster and more efficiently around the world.


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