Communication Power in the network society
August 15th, 2009

Manuel Castells deals in his book Communication Power with the question where power lies in the network society. In this paper, Christian Fuchs discusses important issues that this book addresses, and connects them, where possible, to his own works and reflections.

The book is discussed along the following lines: the concept of power, web 2.0 and mass self-communication, media manipulation, social movements, novelty & society.

Four kinds of power in the network society are introduced: networking power, network power, networked power, network-making power (pp. 42-47, 418-420). Network-making power is for Castells the “paramount form of power in the network society” (p. 47).

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