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CS 100 Chapter 1: dreams of an informamant society.docx

Communication Studies
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Ghislain Thibault

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The dreams of an “informant society”
- World wide web created in Europe (a program based on an interphase)
- World wide web enables people to access directories to find information
- Arpanet 3 different communities: connects militaries, provincial organizations,
and universities
- In the 1970s, the end-users are fighting the control of knowledge by the U.S.
government, a monopoly centered on a dominant media; the computer.
Mobile Network culture
- The first handheld mobile phone was commercialized by Motorola in 1973
- Network, called 1G for “first generation” is analog (thus is a technology similar to
radio and TV)
- 2G, introduced in 1991, introduces digitally encrypted transmission
- Devices are able to connect to the internet and are emerging
- Examples include Palm (1996): PDA, or personal digital assistant, Blackberry
(1999): pager sized with wireless email, Iphone (2007): mobile operating system
and computing capacity
Manuel Castells – Mobile Culture
1) Relentless connectivity
2) Networks of choice
3) Instant communities of practices
4) The blurring of social context of individual practice
5) Access to the new networks as of personal value and social right
Networks of choice: “peer-groups become reinforced in this hybrid space of interaction
physical, online, and wireless communication” (304). “social media”
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