Networks and the Ongoing Crises of the Information Society

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dc.contributor.author Marshall, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-08T23:44:08Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-15T03:12:40Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-08T23:44:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-15T03:12:40Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2100/1000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19866
dc.description.abstract Conventionally networks are thought of as reflecting order or as generating spontaneous order, but what if networks express disorder, help produce disorder, or exaggerate disorder and spread it faster the more efficient they are? What if network ordering produces networked disordering? The software basis of network information capitalism not only fails recurrently or seems inadequate but even when working, frequently produces an experience of disorder for its users. This is demonstrated by continuing high rates of software installation failure or disruption, despite some 50 years experience. This paper investigates the disorder experienced in networks, these perceptions of failure, confusion and chaos, through interviews and through online postings about experiences in the world of financial capital, argues that networks and software models emphasise the informational crisis of hierarchy within the corporation, and that this leads to magical thinking and ultimately collapse. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher UTS Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre
dc.relation.ispartofseries Crisis? Networks, Resilience, Disorder;
dc.title Networks and the Ongoing Crises of the Information Society en
dc.type Recording, oral en


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