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Internet and Society – Social Theory in the Information Age

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Internet and society is an emerging research field. A number of strands are converging to feed this field. Among them are sociology of technology, new media studies, and social informatics. It does not come as a surprise that this field, as such, is in a premature state of affairs and has to search for its transdisciplinary foundation. Thus, social theory is challenged in the information age. The present book is an attempt to fill the gap. What makes it distinct from other attempts are the following features:
First, it gropes for a unified approach by making use of a combination of two different theoretical backgrounds. On the one hand, there is a paradigm shift throughout science, including social science and humanities, initiated by the findings in thermodynamics regarding open, dynamical, nonlinear, complex, self-organizing systems. The concept of selforganization is considered being able to bridge the gap between system theory and action theory approaches in social theory. On the other hand, it is a fact that many theorists in information society research, in particular, the critics of the information society concept, are of Marxian origin. Christian Fuchs contends that some arguments of the Marxist tradition are still valid while some are not. He shows that by a proper merger of both lines of thought a grand social theory framework may emerge that is able to grasp capitalism in the age of the Internet.
Second, this theoretical framework is substantiated by a tremendous amount of empirical details found in the literature comprising every essential aspect of society fromeconomy to politics to culture to technology to environment. The data regarding the impact the Internet has on each of these subsystems evidence the aggravation of system-specific manifestations of an underlying antagonism between cooperation and competition. The Internet may be interpreted as a technological catalyst of social struggles.
Third, in so doing, the data suggest the only reasonable and practicable conclusion for guiding action: a proactive attitude towards shaping the Internet for a global, sustainable information society that provides opportunities for all to participate and for survival, in the long run.

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December 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

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  1. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  2. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  3. [...] The study on Internet and Society undertaken here takes place within a larger framework that has during the last years been labeled with categories like Internet research, ICTs and society, social informatics, informatics and society, new media research, information society theory, information society research/studies, Internet studies, Web research, etc.  [...]

  4. [...] The  task  is  the analysis of  these relationships and  the contribution  to  the design of society and  ICTs so  that a participatory knowledge society can emerge.  ICT&S  research deals with opportunities  and  risks  of  the knowledge society  and  the  shaping  of  technology  and  social systems.  ICT&S research is a double process, consisting of (1) a process in which human actors design ICTs and in which it is analyzed how society shapes ICTs, and (2) of a process in which it is assessed how the usage of ICTs transforms society. That ICTs are shown at another level than society here doesn’t mean that they exist outside of it. Rather, ICTs are an immanent part of society.  [...]

  5. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  6. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  7. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  8. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  9. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  10. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  11. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  12. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  13. [...] An attempt at a comprehensive study re: the intersection of technology and society. This looks to be a very interesting read….."The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  14. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  15. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]

  16. [...] The study on Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and…  [...]


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