New PDF release: Communication Power

By Manuel Castells

We are living in the course of a revolution in conversation applied sciences that has effects on the way humans suppose, imagine, and behave. The mass media (including web-based media), Manuel Castells argues, has develop into the distance the place political and company energy suggestions are performed out; energy now lies within the palms of these who comprehend or regulate verbal exchange.
over the past thirty years, Castells has emerged as one of many world's best communications theorists. during this, his so much far-reaching ebook for a decade, he explores the character of energy itself, within the new communications atmosphere. His imaginative and prescient encompasses company, media, neuroscience, know-how, and, mainly, politics. His case histories comprise international media deregulation, the incorrect information that surrounded the invasion of Iraq, environmental activities, the position of the net within the Obama presidential crusade, and media regulate in Russia and China. within the new community society of speedy messaging, social networking, and blogging--"mass self-communication"--politics is essentially media politics. This truth is at the back of a global concern of political legitimacy that demanding situations the that means of democracy in a lot of the area.
Deeply researched, far-reaching in scope, and incisively argued, it is a publication for an individual who desires to comprehend the dynamics and personality of the fashionable world.

"How may perhaps Manuel Castells have estimated that now's the time of the fitting hurricane? i don't recognize. yet i know that his new e-book coincides with the most important downturn in international economies because the Thirties, with crucial American election because the Nineteen Sixties, with a such a lot radical transformation of global politics in lots of generations, and with the main profound reevaluation of the lives of recent electorate, from what they price to how they impart. we now have turn into used to Castells' cautious scholarship and penetrating analyses yet during this new booklet he cuts deeper into the center of the problem. occasionally he presents illuminating solutions and the place he can't, he frames the questions that needs to be responded. this can be a robust and masses wanted publication for a global in crisis."--Antonio Damasio

"Manuel Castells unites the brain of a social scientist with the soul of an artist. His trilogy took us to the sting of the millennium. This e-book takes us past to the severe crossroads of the twenty first century, the place know-how, conversation, and tool converge."--Rosalind Williams, Director, application on technological know-how, expertise and Society, MIT

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And this is the most decisive question in understanding the relationship between power and the state. In the classical Weberian formulation, “ultimately one can define the modern state only in terms of the specific means peculiar to it, as to every political association, namely the use of political force. Every state is founded on force” ([1919] 1946: 77; emphasis added). As the state can be called upon to enforce power relationships in every domain of social practice, it is the ultimate guarantor of micro-powers; that is, of powers exercised away from the political sphere.

The relative importance of a node does not stem from its specific features but from its ability to contribute to the network’s effectiveness in achieving its goals, as defined by the values and interests programmed into the networks. However, all nodes of a network are necessary for the network’s performance, although networks allow for some redundancy as a safeguard for their proper functioning. When nodes become unnecessary for the fulfillment of the networks’ goals, networks tend to reconfigure themselves, deleting some nodes, and adding new ones.

Yet, under the conditions of multilayered globalization, the state becomes just a node (however important) of a particular network, the political, institutional, and military network that overlaps with other significant networks in the construction of social practice. Thus, the social dynamics constructed around networks appears to dissolve society as a stable social form of organization. However, a more constructive approach to the understanding of the process of historical change is to conceptualize a new form of society, the network society, made up of specific configurations of global, national, and local networks in a multidimensional space of social interaction.

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