The Critical Challenge of Networked Learning: Using Information Technologies in the Service of Humanity

  • Peter McLarenEmail author
  • Petar Jandrić
Part of the Research in Networked Learning book series (RINL)


This chapter places one of the most prominent contemporary critical educators, Peter McLaren, in conversation with a wide spectrum of questions concerning networked learning. Starting from assessment of the current representation of information and communication technologies in the contemporary discourse of critical education, the conversation explores the relationships between the global marketplace, personal information, and the state. It places networked learning in relation to some major themes in Marxist theory such as the dichotomy between capital and labor and the structure of production. It explores potentials of information and communication technologies for contemporary social struggles, anticipates future development of revolutionary critical pedagogy, analyzes the main features of contemporary social movements, and situates the ancient dichotomy between education and schooling into the context of virtual reality. Analyzing digital cultures and some mainstream questions about networked learning such as literacy, morality, and self-realization, it finally arrives at the necessity to develop a new revolutionary consciousness that seeks to use information and communication technology in the service of humanity.


Communication Technology Social Movement Hedge Fund Critical Pedagogy Network Society 
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P.M.; P.J.: We extend our special thanks to Christine Sinclair for her invaluable insights and criticisms on this conversation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chapman UniversityOrangeUSA
  2. 2.Polytechnic of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

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