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 the multiple research methods that are required to understand the embeddedness of new media.  

Permanently Beta: Responsive Organization in the Internet Era

Permanently Beta: Responsive Organization in the Internet Era
Permanently beta: Responsive organization in the internet era
GinaNeff, University of California, San Diego
DavidStark, Columbia University and Santa Fe Institute

How has the internet influenced economic organization? Rather than approach this question by examining the productivity gains produced by internet technologies or the roles that dot-coms play in the economy this chapter examines how the process of technological change influences the organization of economic life. The social effects of the internet include emerging organizational innovations in addition to technological innovations. Although skeptics may point to failed dot-coms or the internet's broken promises of productivity gains, the values embedded in widely used information technologies have become encoded into the routines of the market and into organizational forms. Thus, the internet ...

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