Communication Power

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-30
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Hailed by The Financial Times as "the most prominent and influential theorist and analyst of the modern communications and network age," Manuel Castells here offers a ground-breaking account of the modern communication revolution, a dramatic transformation of technology--and of the signals we receive--that is changing the way we feel, think, and behave. And that, writes Castells, is creating a revolution in power. With his landmark trilogy, The Information Age , Castells offered one of the first comprehensive analyses of how the Internet was creating a networked society. Now he draws on neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and case histories from around the world to explore the psychology of decision making in the new communications environment, highlighting the rise of communication power. He ranges widely, exploring global media deregulation, the misinformation that surrounded the invasion of Iraq, environmental movements, the role of the Internet in the Obama presidential campaign, and media control in Russia and China. In a network society, he writes, politics is fundamentally media politics--and the politics of scandal is its epitome. That fact is behind a worldwide crisis of political legitimacy that challenges the meaning of democracy in much of the world. More fundamentally, Castells argues, the Internet's instant messaging, social networking, and blogging have given rise a new communication system, mass self-communication, that is profoundly altering power relationships. Deeply researched, far-reaching in scope, and incisively argued, Communication Power offers a profound new understanding of implications of the information revolution. "Castells has done it again, a masterpiece of global perspective and enviable erudition." --W. Russell Neuman, Evans Professor of Media Technology, University of Michigan "A powerful and much needed book for a world in crisis." --Antonio Damasio, Director, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California

Author Biography

Manuel Castells, University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Manuel Castells is University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California. He is also Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Planning, University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for 24 years. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, of the Academia Europaea, of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics, and of the British Academy. His main books include the trilogy The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture (Blackwell, 1996-2003), Communication Power (OUP, 2009), and Networks of Outrage and Hope (Polity, 2012). He was a founding member of the board of the European Research Council and is a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Figuresp. xiii
List of Tablesp. xv
Openingp. 1
Power in the Network Societyp. 10
What is Power?p. 10
State and Power in the Global Agep. 17
Networksp. 19
The Global Network Societyp. 24
The Network Statep. 38
Power in the Networksp. 42
Power and Counterpower in the Network Societyp. 47
Conclusion: Understanding Power Relationships in the Global Network Societyp. 50
Communication in the Digital Agep. 54
A Communication Revolution?p. 54
Technological Convergence and the New Multimedia System: From Mass Communication to Mass Self-communicationp. 58
The Organization and Management of Communication: Global Multimedia Business Networksp. 71
The Politics of Regulatory Policiesp. 99
Cultural Change in a Globalized Worldp. 116
The Creative Audiencep. 127
Communication in the Global Digital Agep. 135
Networks of Mind and Powerp. 137
The Windmills of the Mindp. 137
Emotion, Cognition, and Politicsp. 146
Emotion and Cognition in Political Campaignsp. 150
The Politics of Beliefsp. 153
The Framing of the Mindp. 155
Conquering the Minds, Conquering Iraq, Conquering Washington: From Misinformation to Mystificationp. 165
The Power of the Framep. 189
Programming Communication Networks: Media Politics, Scandal Politics, and the Crisis of Democracyp. 193
Power-making by Image-makingp. 193
The Killing (Semantic) Fields: Media Politics at Workp. 196
The Politics of Scandalp. 240
The State and Media Politics: Propaganda and Controlp. 264
The Demise of Public Trust and the Crisis of Political Legitimacyp. 286
Crisis of Democracy?p. 295
Reprogramming Communication Networks: Social Movements, Insurgent Politics, and the New Public Spacep. 299
Warming Up to Global Warming: The Environmental Movement and the New Culture of Naturep. 303
The Network is the Message: Global Movements against Corporate Globalizationp. 339
Mobil-izing Resistance: Wireless Communication and Insurgent Communities of Practicep. 346
˘Yes, We Can!÷ The 2008 Obama Presidential Primary Campaignp. 364
Reprogramming Networks, Rewiring Minds, Changing the Worldp. 412
Conclusion: Toward a Communication Theory of Powerp. 416
Appendixp. 433
Bibliographyp. 489
Indexp. 543
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