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Within the developed world, much of society experiences political, economic, and cultural life through a set of communication technologies barely older than many citizens. Society Online: The Internet in Context examines how new media technologies have not simply diffused across society, but how they have rapidly and deeply become embedded in our organizations and institutions. Society Online is not exclusively devoted to a particular technology, or specifically the Internet, but to a range of technologies and technological possibilities labeled "new media." Rather than trying to cover every possible topic relating to new communication technologies, this unique text is organized by how these new technologies mediate the community, political, economic, personal, and global spheres of our social lives. Editors Philip N. Howard and Steve Jones explore ...

Sited Materialities with Global Span
Sited materialities with global span
SaskiaSassen, University of Chicag

The difficulty that analysts and commentators have had in specifying or understanding the impact of digitization on complex social settings essentially results from two analytic flaws. One of these (especially evident in the United States) confines interpretation to a technological reading of the technical capabilities of digital technology This is crucial for the engineering side but is problematic for the social sciences.1 A purely technological reading of technical capabilities inevitably neutralizes or renders invisible the material conditions and practices, place-boundedness, and thick social environments within and through which these technologies operate. A second tendency is the continuing reliance on analytic categorizations that were developed under other spatial and historical conditions, that is, conditions ...

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