The Network Society

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The Network Society is a guide to the past, consequences and future of digital communication, and forms a comprehensive introduction to how new media functions in contemporary society.

Integrating both face-to-face and online communication, the fourth edition explores crucial new issues and challenges in today’s digital media ecology, in doing so exploring the centrality of power to understanding life in the network society. Featuring:

The rise of the ‘data economy’
The increasing importance of artificial intelligence. big data and robotics
The growth of Internet platforms and how to regulate big tech.
New coverage of disinformation and fake news, including deep fake videos
Updates to the story of digital youth culture, as a foreshadow of future new media use
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, Thousand Oaks CA, New Delhi, Signapore
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages374
ISBN (Electronic)978-1526498182 , 1526498189
ISBN (Print)978-1-52-64-9819-9 (hbk) , 978-1-5264-9818-2 (pbk)
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2020


  • Network Society
  • digital media
  • Information Society
  • Social media
  • Platform economy
  • Data economy
  • digital inequality
  • digital democracy
  • Artificial intelligence


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