The Internet Galaxy : Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society
But how much do we know about the Internet - its history, its technology, its culture, and its uses? What are its implications for the business world and society at large? The diffusion has been so rapid that it has outpaced the capacity for well-grounded analysis. Soem say everything will change, others that little will change.
Manuel Castells is widely regarded as the leading analyst of the Information Age and the Network Society. In addition to his academic work, he acts as adviser at the highest international levels. In this short, accessible, and informative book, he brings his experience and knowledge to bear on the Internet Galaxy.
How did it all begin? What are the cultures that make up and contest the Internet? How is it shaping the new business organization and re-shaping older business organizations? What are the realities of the digital divide? How has the Internet affected social and cultural organization, political participation and communication, and urban living?
These are just some of the questions addressed in this much needed book. Castells avoids any predictions or prescriptions - there have been enough of those - but instead draws on an extraordinary range of detailed evidence and research to describe what is happening, and to help us understand how the Internet has become the medium of the new network society.
- Paperback | 306 pages
- 140 x 215 x 16mm | 378g
- 03 Apr 2003
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 2 maps
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peoples and regions that operate in the digital world and those that cannot. * Kirkus Review * Thoroughly researched ... [and] truly global in scope. Castells provides balanced coverage of e-business and the new economy; the politics of the Internet, including privacy and freedom; and the geography of the Internet....Highly recommended for academic libraries. * Library Journal, Nov 01 * . . . a readable, articulate and persuasive account of why the internet's most powerful impacts on the shape of business, politics and society may be yet to come. * Charles Leadbeater, Financial Times, 04/12/01 * Castells is probably the world's most highly regarded commentator on the information age and new economic order. * Management Today: Guru Guide, October 2001 * Manuel Castells has proved once again that he has an unmatched synoptic capacity to make sense of the complexities of a networked world, and here writes with clarity and insight about everything from the history of the technology to the subcultures that have done so much to shape it. * Geoff Mulgan, author of 'Communication and Control' and 'Connexity'; Head of the Prime Minister's Forward Strategy Unit * The Internet is shaping society and in turn being shaped by society. It takes a scholar of Manuel Castells's range to do justice to this phenomenon. His book is learned without being pompous, and insightful without being impenetrable. If we ever get a discipline of Internet studies, this will be one of its founding texts. * John Naughton, author of 'A Brief History of the Future: The Origins of the Internet' * . . . a superb guide to the workings of the internet and its wider implications. . . . [Castells] brings a sociologist's understanding of the importance of culture in business to his analysis of the internet. . . . stands supreme as a wise and insightful guide to the web. * Management Today, November 01 (UK) * [An] excellent, readable, nontechnical summary of the history, social implications and likely future of Internet business. * Publishers Weekly, 12 Nov. 01 * A very readable and stimulating book. * Professor Laurie Taylor, BBC Radio 4 'Thinking Allowed' *
About Manuel Castells
the trilogy The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture, published by Blackwell in 1996-2000, and translated into twelve languages. Among other appointments, he has been a member of the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on the Information Society (1995/97), and a member of the United
Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Information and Communication Technologies (2000/2001).