Internet and Society Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society Author: Christian Fuchs Table of Contents Preface 1. Introduction 2. Self-Organization and Co-operation 2.1. Characteristics of Self-organizing Systems 2.2. Self-Organization and Dialectical Philosophy 2.3. Self-Organization as Ideology: Hayek's Theory of Competition 2.4. An Alternative: Self-Organization in Society as Human Co-operation 2.5. Conclusion 3. Society and Dynamic Social Theory 3.1. Anti-Luhmann: Niklas Luhmann's Revolution in Social Science? 3.2. Humans and Society 3.3. The Self-Organization of Social Systems 3.4. Dialectics and Evolution 3.5. Society as Dynamic System 3.6. Modern Society as Dynamic System 3.6.1. Capital Accumulation and Competition in the Modern Economic System 3.6.2. Capital Accumulation and Competition in the Modern Political System 3.6.3. Capital Accumulation and Competition in the Modern Cultural System 3.6.4. Implications of Competition and Accumulation for the Ecosphere and the Technosphere 3.7. Conclusion 4. The Rise of Transnational Informational Capitalism 4.1. Conceptualizing Contemporary Society 4.2. The Rise of Transnational Informational/Network Capitalism 4.3. Conclusion: Co-operation and Competition in Transnational Network -Capitalism 5. Social Internet Dynamics 5.1. The Internet as a Dynamic Techno-Social System 5.2. Web 1.0 as Dynamic Techno-Social System 5.3. The Rise of Web 2.0 and Web 3.0: Communication and Co-operation Online 5.4. Virtual Reality and Cyberspace 5.5. Conclusion 6. Competition and Co-operation in the Informational Ecology 6.1. ICTs and Transport 6.2. A Weightless Economy? 6.3. Virtual Products as a Foundation of a Sustainable Society? 6.4. Conclusion 7. Competition and Co-operation in the Internet Economy 7.1. The "Network Enterprise": Co-operation as Ideology 7.1.1. Corporations and Team Work 7.1.2. Transnational Corporations: Co- operation for Competition and Profit 7.2. Informational Capitalism: Commodity- or Gift-Economy? 7.2.1. Co-operation in the Internet Economy: Open Source and the Informational Gift Economy 7.2.2. Competition in the Internet Economy: Informational Monopolies 7.2.3. The Gift Commodity Internet Economy: Strategies of Accumulation in Informational Capitalism 7.3. Class Competition in Informational Capitalism 7.3.1. Knowledge Labor as Non-Class 7.3.2. Knowledge Labor as Class 7.4. Conclusion 8. Competition and Co-operation in Online Politics 8.1. Digital Exclusion: Digital Divides 8.2. Digital Inclusion: eParticipation as Grassroots Digital Democracy 8.2.1. Democracy and Participation 8.2.2. eParticipation and 3 Concepts of Digital Democracy 126.96.36.199. Representative Digital Democracy 188.8.131.52. Plebiscitary Digital Democracy 184.108.40.206. eParticipation: Grassroots Digital Democracy... Description In this exceptional study, Christian Fuchs discusses how the internet has transformed the lives of human beings and social relationships in contemporary society. By outlining a social theory of the internet and the information society, he demonstrates how the ecological, economic, political, and cultural systems of contemporary society have been transformed by new ICTs. Fuchs highlights how new forms of cooperation and competition are advanced and supported by the internet in subsystems of society and also discusses opportunities and risks of the information society.