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Communication Power by Manuel Castells
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Communication Power (edition 2009)

by Manuel Castells

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We live in the midst of a revolution in communication technologies that affects the way in which people feel, think, and behave. The media have become the space where power strategies are played out. In the current technological context mass communication goes beyond traditional media and includes the Internet and mobile communication. In this wide-ranging and powerful book, Manuel Castells analyses the transformation of the global media industry by this revolution in communication technologies. He argues that a new communication system, mass self-communication, has emerged, and power relationships have been profoundly modified by the emergence of this new communication environment. Created in the commons of the Internet this communication can be locally based, but globally connected. It is built through messaging, social networks sites, and blogging, and is now being used by the millions around the world who have access to the Internet. Drawing on a wide range of social and psychological theories, Castells presents original research on political processes and social movements. He applies this analysis to numerous recent events--the misinformation of the American public on the Iraq War, the global environmental movement to prevent climate change, the control of information in China and Russia, Barak Obama's internet-based presidential campaigns, and (in this new edition) responses to recent political and economic crises such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. On the basis of these case studies he proposes a new theory of power in the information age based on the management of communication networks Justly celebrated for his analysis of the network society, Castells here builds on that work, offering a well grounded and immensely challenging picture of communication and power in the 21st century. This is a book for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics and character of the modern world.… (more)
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Title:Communication Power
Authors:Manuel Castells
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (2009), Hardcover, 608 pages
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The book subject was something I had never explored before. I found the book far too long for the amount of points Castells was making, power, money and media manipulations. He speaks of society as a networked society which is highly debatable. Although it is such a long book, I feel that more detail could have been given on certain topics and maybe include more. I found some of it difficult to read and stay engaged in. ( )
  ciaramol | Oct 18, 2012 |
El poder puede mantenerse mediante castigos pero el moldeo del pensamiento es el fundamento del poder sostenible en el tiempo.

Las relaciones de poder y contrapoder se juegan en el ámbito de la comunicación. Esto es algo que cambia en la sociedad-red: un análisis basado en la evidencia establece la relación entre comunicación de masas y la política en los medios.

El cambio es desde la comunicación de los políticos en los mass media (la tv es el medio que relatamos como más creíble todavía) a los nuevos medios en la sociedad- red.

Los media son el espacio para el poder. Existe lo que podríamos denominar un mercado político en los medios: y deben ser hoy máquinas de propaganda sutil porque incluso las sociedades autoritarias son plurales y eso es algo que se refleja en los nuevos medios.
 
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We live in the midst of a revolution in communication technologies that affects the way in which people feel, think, and behave. The media have become the space where power strategies are played out. In the current technological context mass communication goes beyond traditional media and includes the Internet and mobile communication. In this wide-ranging and powerful book, Manuel Castells analyses the transformation of the global media industry by this revolution in communication technologies. He argues that a new communication system, mass self-communication, has emerged, and power relationships have been profoundly modified by the emergence of this new communication environment. Created in the commons of the Internet this communication can be locally based, but globally connected. It is built through messaging, social networks sites, and blogging, and is now being used by the millions around the world who have access to the Internet. Drawing on a wide range of social and psychological theories, Castells presents original research on political processes and social movements. He applies this analysis to numerous recent events--the misinformation of the American public on the Iraq War, the global environmental movement to prevent climate change, the control of information in China and Russia, Barak Obama's internet-based presidential campaigns, and (in this new edition) responses to recent political and economic crises such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. On the basis of these case studies he proposes a new theory of power in the information age based on the management of communication networks Justly celebrated for his analysis of the network society, Castells here builds on that work, offering a well grounded and immensely challenging picture of communication and power in the 21st century. This is a book for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics and character of the modern world.

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