Ulises Ali Mejias: Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World
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Since its advent, the digital network is burdened with the promise of challenging the dominance of mass media and constructing a non-hierarchical world. Among those thriving utopian and dystopian accounts, Ulises Mejias’s book Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World offers a dedicated and intensive investigation of the hegemony of digital network logic. Ulises Mejias is currently an associate professor in the State University of New York with main research interests in the fields of network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media.
The goal of his book, in Mejias’s terms, “is to attempt to specify the kind of threat that the determinism of the digital network poses” (p. xv). In general, the book is divided into three main parts. The first part, “Thinking the Network” (chapters 1 through 4), elaborates the mutual shaping relationship between humans and networks. Chapter 1 (“The Network as Method for Organizing the World”)...
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