We live in the midst of a revolution in communication technologies that affects the way in which people feel, think, and behave. The media have become the space where power strategies are played out. In the current technological context mass communication goes beyond traditional media and includes the Internet and mobile communication.

In this wide-ranging and powerful book, Manuel Castells analyses the transformation of the global media industry by this revolution in communication technologies. He argues that a new communication system, mass self-communication, has emerged, and power relationships have been profoundly modified by the emergence of this new communication environment. Created in the commons of the Internet this communication can be locally based, but globally connected. It is built through messaging, social networks sites, and blogging, and is now being used by the millions around the world who have access to the Internet.

Drawing on a wide range of social and psychological theories, Castells presents original research on political processes and social movements. He applies this analysis to numerous recent events—the misinformation of the American public on the Iraq War, the global environmental movement to prevent climate change, the control of information in China and Russia, Barak Obama's internet-based presidential campaigns, and (in this new edition) responses to recent political and economic crises such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. On the basis of these case studies he proposes a new theory of power in the information age based on the management of communication networks

Justly celebrated for his analysis of the network society, Castells here builds on that work, offering a well grounded and immensely challenging picture of communication and power in the 21st century. This is a book for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics and character of the modern world.

We live in the midst of a revolution in communication technologies that affects the way in which people feel, think, and behave. The media have become the space where power strategies are played out. In the current technological context mass communication goes beyond traditional media and includes the Internet and mobile communication.

In this wide-ranging and powerful book, Manuel Castells analyses the transformation of the global media industry by this revolution in communication technologies. He argues that a new communication system, mass self-communication, has emerged, and power relationships have been profoundly modified by the emergence of this new communication environment. Created in the commons of the Internet this communication can be locally based, but globally connected. It is built through messaging, social networks sites, and blogging, and is now being used by the millions around the world who have access to the Internet.

Drawing on a wide range of social and psychological theories, Castells presents original research on political processes and social movements. He applies this analysis to numerous recent events—the misinformation of the American public on the Iraq War, the global environmental movement to prevent climate change, the control of information in China and Russia, Barak Obama's internet-based presidential campaigns, and (in this new edition) responses to recent political and economic crises such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. On the basis of these case studies he proposes a new theory of power in the information age based on the management of communication networks

Justly celebrated for his analysis of the network society, Castells here builds on that work, offering a well grounded and immensely challenging picture of communication and power in the 21st century. This is a book for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics and character of the modern world.

Features

  • Manuel Castells is our foremost theorist of the power of communication in modern society and won the Holberg International Memorial Prize in 2012
  • Rich and wide-ranging analysis of the role of communication and social media in shaping responses to political change and financial crisis, drawing on examples such as the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, Internet-based political campaigning, movements to prevent climate change, and the misinformation surrounding the Iraq war
  • This book is a natural progression from his 'Network Society' trilogy - a powerful, forward-looking analysis of communication in the Network Society
  • Builds on some of the themes of Castells' Internet Galaxy (OUP, 2001), and considers the social and political implications of recent phenomena such as social networking and blogging
  • Draws on theories from across the social sciences: politics, sociology, psychology, communication studies, management studies

Opening
Introduction to the Revised Edition
1Power in the Network Society
2Communication in the Digital Age
3Networks of Mind and Power
4Programming Communication Networks: Media Politics, Scandal Politics, and the Crisis of Democracy
5Reprogramming Communication Networks: Social Movements, Insurgent Politics, and the New Public Space
6Toward a Communication Theory of Power
Anyone interested in how communication and technology affects our lives and society; Academics and advanced students across the social sciences interested in the political, social, and psychological role of modern ICTs and the Internet.
  • Communication Power



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