The Information Society: Cyber Dreams and Digital Nightmares
November 2008, Polity
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Frank Webster, City University of London
“Robert Hassan has successfully updated the stale notion of information society. From the perspective of Internet culture Hassan takes apart the self-evident information technology hype. Instead of leading us further down into cold, sociological formulas, The Information Society engages in contemporary debates around the network effect. Hassan singles out two processes: commodification and acceleration. The critical contribution centres around the speed illusion of today's network society, culminating in the often heard question: how do you deal with chronic distraction?”
Geert Lovink, University of Amsterdam