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Conversation with Manuel Castells, p. 5 of 6

Castells is famous for the thesis that this *is* an Information Society.

A sample quote:

“Absolutely. You see, and it goes both ways. On the other hand, as much as I think the Internet’s an extraordinary instrument for creation, free communication, etc., you can use the Internet to exclude, because you can exclude in terms of the access to the network, the digital divide. But you can also exclude in terms of the culture and education and ability to process all this information that has happened on the net, and then use it for what you want to do, because you don’t have the education, the training, the culture to do it, while the elites of the world do.”

Hmm… books require an even more elitist culture?

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