Networked: The New Social Operating System | Lee Ranie, Barry Wellman

Lee Rainie, Barry Wellman; Networked: The New Social Operating System; The MIT Press, reprint; 2014-02-14; 376 pages; kindle: $10, paper: $3+SHT.

Lee Rainie is Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report.

Barry Wellman directs NetLab at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. He is the founder of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


  • Information Communication Technologies (ICTs)
    apparently a generic & fancy term covering everything from PSTN, bulletin board, forums, email, newsgroups, web sites and on to the modern chat apps.


from the commentariat at Amazon

<quote>The central message is the increasing capacity of individuals to act independently with great impact. The potent anecdotes and solid data make for a convincing presentation, but in the final chapter on “The Future of Networked Individualism” the authors unleash their imagination by suggesting compelling possibilities and troubling dangers.</quote>

Something about a shift from “groups” to “networks.”

The Revolutions
  • the network revolution
  • the internet revolution
  • the mobile revolution
Social Effects
  • family life
  • work
  • contact with friends
  • information spread
  • etc.
The Scenarios
  • an optimistic scenario
  • a dystopian scenario

The sci-fi futures, riffage thereon.
<quote><snip/>the text refers to various surveys conducted by Pew Internet and several other similar groups</quote>

Hacking Society | Literary Review of Canada

Tom Slee; Hacking Society; In Literary Review of Canada; 2013-09.
Teaser: Three books look at the current state of play in the interconnected world.

Tom Slee has worked in the software industry for 20 years. He writes about the intersections of technology, politics and economics and is the author of No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart: The Surprising Deceptions of Individual Choice (Between the Lines, 2006).

Book reviews.

Original Sources

  • Ronald J. Deibert; Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace
  • E. Gabriella Coleman; Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking
  • Lee Rainie, Barry Wellman; Networked: The New Social Operating System
  • Andrew Potter, Joseph Heath; The Rebel Sell: Why Culture Can’t Be Jammed; 2004.
  • Matthew Hindman’s; The Myth of Digital Democracy; 2008.