By Manuel Castells;Martin Ince

ISBN-10: 0745628486

ISBN-13: 9780745628486

ISBN-10: 0745628494

ISBN-13: 9780745628493

In a chain of conversations Manuel Castells, one of many world's most sensible identified social scientists, explains and expands his paintings. He builds on his prior considering, starting it to new audiences and taking it into new components in a hugely obtainable approach. Manuel Castells explains and expands his paintings in a sequence of conversations with British journalist Martin Ince. Castells builds on his previous paintings, commencing it to new audiences, and taking it into new components in a hugely obtainable means. contains new pondering on social organizations and id; new parts of innovation, together with biotechnology and nanotechnology; schooling, wisdom and tradition; and his research of components of the realm (Africa, Russia, Europe, the Americas and Asia) of which he has professional wisdom. encompasses a unique biography of Castells and a bibliography of his voluminous scholarly paintings.

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The Internet accentuates this phenomenon. We observe that the ability to reach out to the planet from a few locations concentrates the core centers, the producers of innovation, and the knowledge elites. In this sense, yes, the production of the Internet and of Internet content reproduces the logic of industrial districts of your family's industrial past. Except that this time, the resources are not coal and steel, but knowledge and entrepreneurialism. Why are most new jobs in cities? Is it because knowledge workers like to think that other knowledge workers are nearby even if they never meet them?

Therefore, they provide the unexpected openings that the system (economic, institutional) cannot generate by itself. The California culture, even more so than US culture at large, and the university culture are full of these types, plus the libertarian individualist ideology of doing it by myself and for myself. Thus, it is a milieu of innovation, where there are maximum possibilities for hackerism to happen, hackerism in the Himanen sense, the passion to create, regardless of the uses of the creation.

Do you know a book called Cyberselfish by Paulina Borsook? It is about the far right views of many of the denizens of Silicon Valley. She seems to have written it as an antidote to the idea that there is anything public-spirited about their informal and apparently benign ways of doing business. Yes, I know the book, and I do not like it. It is a very angry pamphlet, and nobody ever said that the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs were social types. They are indeed profoundly individualistic, but selfishness is a different matter; some are, some are not.

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