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Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 547–550 | Cite as

Book Review

Networked: the New Social Operating System, Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2012, 357 pp. ISBN 978-0-262-52616-6
  • Saul Greenberg
Book Review

We live in a networked age. Always-on technology now links people together in a myriad of ways that was inconceivable just a few decades ago: information access, social networks, cell phones, email, instant messaging, blogs, media sharing, on-line businesses… the list goes on. The social impact of these technologies – especially over the last twenty years or so – has been massive. Networking has changed the ways we communicate, how we write, how we stay in touch with friends, how we conduct our day to day affairs, and even how we attend to things of interest. No sooner is a norm established than an emerging technology appears that disrupts that norm yet again.

The purveyors of networked technology describe these social changes with unbridled optimism, which its acolytes consume with fervor. Just recall any of the various special events that companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and others use to introduce new products, and the over-the-top enthusiasm of the crowds that attend...

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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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