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date: 04 December 2020

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This chapter concentrates on a new perspective of ‘network society’. It offers a convincing case for the need for a global perspective on the social role of the Internet that will counter the potential for ethnocentric universal claims. The chapter then concentrates on research results in Internet Studies along with the three basic dimensions of the network society theory: time, space, and class. The Internet brings a flat world free of serious social problems. However, its promise as a decentralising and flattening force does not defy empirical examination. The types of ‘space of places’ are explained. The network labor and the new information and communications technology (ICT)-based working class highlight the class-making process and the rare chance of social change. The network society and its many insights and critiques about the contemporary world have remained important since the publication of Manuel Castells' triology in 1996–98.

Keywords: network society, Internet, time, space, class, space of places, Manuel Castells, ICT

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