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CMNS 210 Lecture Notes - Banlieue, Prosumer, K-Pop

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CMNS 210
Stuart Poyntz

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The Digital Transformation December 3, 2013
What does it mean to lead a digital life?
Network society: spirit of our lives, how we live together, primary assumptions we
carry, how our social, cultural, economic life has changed in the last approx.. 30
years (since 1979)
Barney’s (Canadian Philosopher) Network Society: terms and ideas come together to
inform and shape how we understand digital life
Network Society is reflection of what used to be talked about as post-industrialism,
picks up on its themes and concerns
Key people: Daniel Bell
Economic life that developed in the 1960s and 1970s
o 1960s ground swell of social change and protest (civil rights, feminism,
youth and young people, sexuality (gay/queer rights movement); in
Canada: Quebec quiet revolution, FLQ crisis, nationalism in Anglophone
Canada (EXPO 1967)) remarkable transition;
o economic changes: industry is still important (mining, manufacturing, etc.),
production of information becomes more central and directly productive as
economic research (e.g. satellite systems -> communications systems), we
live in an informationalized social world in which technology (robotics,
computers, databases) increasingly attached to formed industrial centers
of production) job losses
Information Society
o 1970s tremendous economic uncertainty due to new economic and
political order coming to the West, adaptation of computers into production
process; informationalizing of ourselves: today we are now physical selves
and data selves (we leave behind data trails that affect how we live our
offline and online lives: social security number, postal code)
o 1980s:increasing use of computers and robotics, especially in Japan,
computer is replacing other technologies in our lives and configuring a new
access point to efficient economic production and social and cultural
experience > changing our everyday life
o doctrine of information society: in order for highly industrialized societies to
develop the computer and computer literacy have to be integrated into both
economic activity and everyday social life need to informationalized the
population > best institutions to advance information society are
corporations rise of media conglomerates
o neo-liberalism: significant shift in the zeitgeist (spirit of the time) about
networks and markets, markets and the activity of private corporations are
more important in nurturing our happiness than ever before, the drive to
privilege markets and corporations in private life is a tremendous piece of
what information society comes to mean and will inform what the network
society comes to mean
o 3 main developments: 1. Informationlizing of economic life, 2. Increasing
importance of computers as part of how economic and private life operate,
3. Emphasis on markets and corporations, emphasis on private over public
life as domain of happiness and fulfilment
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