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Kazys Varnelis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262220859

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262220859.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Meaning of Network Culture

Conclusion: The Meaning of Network Culture

(p.145) Conclusion: The Meaning of Network Culture
Networked Publics

Kazys Varnelis

The MIT Press

The maturing of the Internet and mobile telephony has given rise to a new societal condition known as network culture, which highlights broader societal structures, just as concepts like modernism and postmodernism did in the past. This shift in society is subtle yet real and radical. Digital networks have become the dominant cultural logic, profoundly transforming not only culture but also the economy, public sphere, and even people’s subjectivity. In contrast to digital culture, network culture makes information less the outcome of discrete processing units and more of the result of the networked relations between them, of connections between people, between machines, and between people and machines. It is in this context that networked publics are created.

Keywords:   Internet, network culture, networked publics, digital networks, modernism, postmodernism, public sphere, digital culture

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