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The Internet GalaxyReflections on the Internet, Business, and Society$
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Manuel Castells

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199255771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255771.001.0001

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The Network is the Message

The Network is the Message

(p.1) The Network is the Message
The Internet Galaxy

Manuel Castells

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by describing the network as the organizational form of the Information Age, with the Internet as its technological basis. It discusses the network’s advantages in terms of flexibility and its disadvantages in coordinating functions, focussing resources on specific goals, and in accomplishing a given task, beyond a network’s certain size and complexity. It then describes the Internet as a communication medium that allows the communication of many to many, in chosen time, on a global scale. It also explains the relationship of the stock market with the perception of the Internet. Next, it evaluates the purposes of the Internet as well as its new roles in society.

Keywords:   Information Age, network, Internet, communication medium, global scale, stock market, society

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