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Manuel Castells is one of the world's leading thinkers on the new information age, hailed by The Economist as "the first significant philosopher of cyberspace," and by Christian Science Monitor as "a pioneer who has hacked out a logical, well-documented, and coherent picture of early 21st century civilization, even as it rockets forward largely in a blur." Now, in The Inte Manuel Castells is one of the world's leading thinkers on the new information age, hailed by The Economist as "the first significant philosopher of cyberspace," and by Christian Science Monitor as "a pioneer who has hacked out a logical, well-documented, and coherent picture of early 21st century civilization, even as it rockets forward largely in a blur." Now, in The Internet Galaxy, this brilliantly insightful writer speculates on how the Internet will change our lives. Castells believes that we are "entering, full speed, the Internet Galaxy, in the midst of informed bewilderment." His aim in this exciting and profound work is to help us to understand how the Internet came into being, and how it is affecting every area of human life - from work, politics, planning and development, media, and privacy, to our social interaction and life in the home. We are at ground zero of the new network society. In this book, its major commentator reveals the Internet's huge capacity to liberate, but also its ability to marginalize and exclude those who do not have access to it. Castells provides no glib solutions, but asks us all to take responsibility for the future of this new information age. The Internet is becoming the essential communication and information medium in our society, and stands alongside electricity and the printing press as one of the greatest innovations of all time. The Internet Galaxy offers an illuminating look at how this new technology will influence business, the economy, and our daily lives.


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Manuel Castells is one of the world's leading thinkers on the new information age, hailed by The Economist as "the first significant philosopher of cyberspace," and by Christian Science Monitor as "a pioneer who has hacked out a logical, well-documented, and coherent picture of early 21st century civilization, even as it rockets forward largely in a blur." Now, in The Inte Manuel Castells is one of the world's leading thinkers on the new information age, hailed by The Economist as "the first significant philosopher of cyberspace," and by Christian Science Monitor as "a pioneer who has hacked out a logical, well-documented, and coherent picture of early 21st century civilization, even as it rockets forward largely in a blur." Now, in The Internet Galaxy, this brilliantly insightful writer speculates on how the Internet will change our lives. Castells believes that we are "entering, full speed, the Internet Galaxy, in the midst of informed bewilderment." His aim in this exciting and profound work is to help us to understand how the Internet came into being, and how it is affecting every area of human life - from work, politics, planning and development, media, and privacy, to our social interaction and life in the home. We are at ground zero of the new network society. In this book, its major commentator reveals the Internet's huge capacity to liberate, but also its ability to marginalize and exclude those who do not have access to it. Castells provides no glib solutions, but asks us all to take responsibility for the future of this new information age. The Internet is becoming the essential communication and information medium in our society, and stands alongside electricity and the printing press as one of the greatest innovations of all time. The Internet Galaxy offers an illuminating look at how this new technology will influence business, the economy, and our daily lives.

30 review for The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erika RS

    I originally got this book for a science, technology, and society class I took in college. At the time, it was very up to date; now it is about 6 years old, but still a worthwhile read because it is one of the most research based books on the Internet and its interactions with society that I have read. Catells makes heavy use of studies and surveys done by himself and many others to try to cut through the hype that always surrounds musing on the Internet. I will highlight a few of the most inter I originally got this book for a science, technology, and society class I took in college. At the time, it was very up to date; now it is about 6 years old, but still a worthwhile read because it is one of the most research based books on the Internet and its interactions with society that I have read. Catells makes heavy use of studies and surveys done by himself and many others to try to cut through the hype that always surrounds musing on the Internet. I will highlight a few of the most interesting chapters. Castells discusses e-business and the new economy. His claim is that the biggest impact of the Internet on the economy is not the .com's; it is normal business extending onto the online world and adopting networked models of interaction. For example, many networked businesses do not provide the technology behind the products they sell under their name. Castells gives the example of Cisco; Cisco itself was the main node in a network of companies that do the actual manufacturing and shipping of their hardware. Such arrangements bring up issues of liability and accountability. Is it Cisco's responsibility to make sure that the companies they work with operate according to the values and standards they want? In principle, yes, but how much can they really be held responsible given the difficulty of monitoring everything? (I am reminded of the recent pet food contamination.) In the chapter on community, Castells discussed how studies have found that, despite popular intuition, internet participation does not, in general, decrease one's connections with those one knows in real life. In fact, technologies like email (and today blogs and photo sites, I would guess) tend to bring people closer together. Studies have also found that Internet users, on average, participate more in their local community than non-users. This may be because internet use tends to replace television watching (thus not decreasing time available for community participation) while providing a means to find out how to get more involved in the community. Castells also makes some observations on the digital divide. Although studies show that there is a large disparity in Internet use between different economic groups and races (in the US) and between countries, these gaps were (in 2001) closing. Internet use by under represented groups was increasing at a higher rate than that of other groups. However, not all is rosy and hopeful. In under represented countries, the technological infrastructure needed for Internet access was not being built on public infrastructure because it was not modern enough. Instead, companies would build their own infrastructure. Corporate money going into infrastructure that could be shared with the public was considered likely to delay the propagation of the Internet in those countries. Although a bit old now, this book is still a worthwhile read. I certainly got more out of it this time around than I did the first time (it was one of six classes; I was busy!).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Roman

    Galaxia Internet es una buena síntesis de la obra más grande de Manuel Castells, La Sociedad de la Información, en 3 tomos, que escribió unos años antes. Pero la novedad es que entrega una buena panorámica del proceso específico de internet, como siempre, en lo cultural, social, económico y político. Tiene una buena dimensión histórica, que permite hacerse de una panorámica de cómo llegamos a lo que hoy tenemos como la web. Pero, quizás los más interesante, es advertir los procesos culturales y Galaxia Internet es una buena síntesis de la obra más grande de Manuel Castells, La Sociedad de la Información, en 3 tomos, que escribió unos años antes. Pero la novedad es que entrega una buena panorámica del proceso específico de internet, como siempre, en lo cultural, social, económico y político. Tiene una buena dimensión histórica, que permite hacerse de una panorámica de cómo llegamos a lo que hoy tenemos como la web. Pero, quizás los más interesante, es advertir los procesos culturales y políticos en que se desenvolvió el movimiento de desarrolladores que hicieron posible internet desde los años sesenta. La cultura abierta, colaborativa, democrática e innovadora es lo que permitió tal avance, y quizás es la principal moraleja para pensar y diseñar procesos de cambio e innovación, abiertos y con proyección. Una vez más la cultura del control, el egoismo y la desconfianza salen mal parados como valores de futuro en la gestión de empresas y universidades, y en las políticas públicas.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul DiBara

    Castells has a a penchant for statistics which sometimes tends to obscure the point. He sheds some revealing light on the hacker culture that led to the birth of the Internet. He places a great deal of significance on the influence of personality and motivation of the key people that led the way and provided the expertise and philosophical underpinnings of the whole system. He also discusses the development of a new kind of networked, virtual communities. He debunks some predictions from futuris Castells has a a penchant for statistics which sometimes tends to obscure the point. He sheds some revealing light on the hacker culture that led to the birth of the Internet. He places a great deal of significance on the influence of personality and motivation of the key people that led the way and provided the expertise and philosophical underpinnings of the whole system. He also discusses the development of a new kind of networked, virtual communities. He debunks some predictions from futurists and discusses threats to liberty and privacy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joana Botelho

    Apesar de ser um livro de 2001, quase toda a sua informação se mantêm muito actual, pelo é um excelente livro para quem quer compreender como surgiu a Internet, como esta rede transformou a vida pessoal, empresarial, das organizações, dos governos, etc. Manuel Castels neste livro avalia o poder da Internet e as forma como os seus utilizadores têm utilizado este meio para transformar a sociedade numa “sociedade em rede.” Leia tudo em: http://blogbuythebook.wordpress.com/2... Apesar de ser um livro de 2001, quase toda a sua informação se mantêm muito actual, pelo é um excelente livro para quem quer compreender como surgiu a Internet, como esta rede transformou a vida pessoal, empresarial, das organizações, dos governos, etc. Manuel Castels neste livro avalia o poder da Internet e as forma como os seus utilizadores têm utilizado este meio para transformar a sociedade numa “sociedade em rede.” Leia tudo em: http://blogbuythebook.wordpress.com/2...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vesna

    Although there are some useful informations, it's pretty boring because of all those names, years, places, researches, statistics, listed in. I hate to skip parts, but I had to go faster trough some parts close to the end, because I felt that sentences were pushed in just to fill space and page number quota. Still, book is a good read, for its conclusion on the last two chapters. it really nicely sums it up. Although there are some useful informations, it's pretty boring because of all those names, years, places, researches, statistics, listed in. I hate to skip parts, but I had to go faster trough some parts close to the end, because I felt that sentences were pushed in just to fill space and page number quota. Still, book is a good read, for its conclusion on the last two chapters. it really nicely sums it up.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tim Ingham

    It's hard to criticise a book by such an important thinker but although this book covers most off the bases it seems more than a little dated now especially with respect to its characterisation of internet politics as non-interactive. This section seems to miss something by not being able to take account of the post-twitter environment. Elsewhere, I just had a nagging feeling that a slightly more critical account of the internet might be possible... It's hard to criticise a book by such an important thinker but although this book covers most off the bases it seems more than a little dated now especially with respect to its characterisation of internet politics as non-interactive. This section seems to miss something by not being able to take account of the post-twitter environment. Elsewhere, I just had a nagging feeling that a slightly more critical account of the internet might be possible...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Oliveira

    Uma boa reflexão acerca da internet e como a mesma vêm transformando os âmbitos econômicos, políticos e sociais, criando uma realidade única. Verdade seja dita o livro é datado, ou seja tem informações um tanto quanto antiquadas, porém algumas partes do livro continuam a valer a leitura. Todos aqueles que pretendem entender o "começo" da internet deveriam ler pelo menos o inicio desse livro. Uma boa reflexão acerca da internet e como a mesma vêm transformando os âmbitos econômicos, políticos e sociais, criando uma realidade única. Verdade seja dita o livro é datado, ou seja tem informações um tanto quanto antiquadas, porém algumas partes do livro continuam a valer a leitura. Todos aqueles que pretendem entender o "começo" da internet deveriam ler pelo menos o inicio desse livro.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Malte

    En god bog der dog mærkes af at den efterhånden har nogle år bag sig. Især kapitlerne om politik og ikke mindst det digitale skel er vigtige i forståelsen af betydningen netværkssamfundet kan have på alles liv - både dem der vælger at være med og dem der tror de kan lade være...

  9. 4 out of 5

    mcburton

    I can't say I've ready Castells other works. But this was quite interseting although perhaps slightly dated at this point.... I can't say I've ready Castells other works. But this was quite interseting although perhaps slightly dated at this point....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dirk

    Despite being a bit dated, the book is still a worthwhile read. Very readable. Obviously, it has been written before social media.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vevila

    Já li há um tempão... preciso reler pra dar algum feedback. Mas é um bom livro!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Pretty damn boring. I was expecting this particular author to have more insightful and less academicized discussions of these topics. Yicch.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alain van Hoof

    Especially the first part of the book is a very nice read. It is nice to see the view of an "outsider" in the UNIX/Linux Hackers world. Especially the first part of the book is a very nice read. It is nice to see the view of an "outsider" in the UNIX/Linux Hackers world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vjekoslav

    povijest.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Uzie

    read

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gianna ⚴

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carlo Amoretti

  18. 5 out of 5

    Håkan Fleischer

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nikos

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alma Mešić

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Mota

  22. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paula Nunes

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ihor Luhovskyi

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sudenly

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erik

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pavan Mahar

  28. 5 out of 5

    Duyi

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jurij

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tara

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