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Lecture 12

CS203 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Independent Media Center, Power (Social And Political), User-Generated Content


Department
Communication Studies
Course Code
CS203
Professor
Greigory De Peuter
Lecture
12

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CS203 Week 12
Network Society, Communicative Capitalism
And Counter-Power 03/13/2016
1. the Network Society
Manuel Castells – the Rise of the Network Society
oMost famous for this book: The Information Age
oThe Rise of the Network Society Volume published in 1996
Ahead of his time in thinking of this idea of merging
network society
oWorking Definition:
Network as a kind of spirit
Network Society thesis: the constitutive principles of
networks have become the animating force of
individual, social, economic, and political life, and this
marks the distinction of out period in history – Darren
Barney
Suggests connections or ties between points
“flow” – information is what primarily flows through the
network society
networks suggest horizontal communication flows rather
than hierarchical one
the popularity of networks as the basic form of human
organization
Information technology lies at the very core of social
technology
New type of society arises from the new found … of
networks
2. Communicative Capitalism
key idea in the reading by Jodi Dean??
Communicatiev capitalism is associated with injunctions for us to
communicate, participate, share – Jodi Dean
If industrial capitalism exploited labour; communicative capitalism
exploits communication
The idea of communicative capitalism highlights how
communication has been put to work for the economy
oAbout communication technologies and how the internet is
integral to capitalism today
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oBut also about how our capabilities has been put to work by
the economy to an unprecedented extent
oHow significant communication commodities has become
Communicative capitalism isn’t just a descriptive term, it’s also a
political point
Relate to old ideas regarding communication
oHistorically, we tended to view communication positively
oJodi Dean suggests that today we can’t make any naïve
assumption that communication is innocuous
oCommunication addressing inequality
oWe can’t make an assumption that mrore communication is
good
In relation to the broadcast era in media in the past
oThere has been this sense that brocast media of the past is
top-down but pariticipatory communication are seen as giving
more opportunity for participation
Lost of positive values associated with this
oJody Dean is trying to challenge this optimistic celebratory
take on new media
oAsks critical questions for what it means for politics
o“Dean 2012 long quote” ***
ode Peuter thinks she overstates the case
lot more room for resistance
3. Counter-power
Castells starts with a really important assumption: power is not
static, not monolithic, not fixed
For Castells, power is not something that an elite group in society
has and wields overtop of the supposedly powerless group
Instead, Castells take on power is relational; theorizes a struggle
between power and what he terms counter-power
Echoing Foucault, Castells says where there is power, there is
counter-power
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