This is the first time for me to use WordPress and the first post for my DIGC 202 subject – Global Networks. To be frank, I don’t really know what it is about when i enroll for this subject. After reading Castells’s article, I started to get some idea about it. Network is playing a very important role in our current daily life. Few questions before you continue reading this. Could you survive without the existence of network? How would your life be without network? For me, i think my life would be very dull without this very important stuff – “network”. I used to surf internet everyday, logging in my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to keep myself updated all the time. Network do playing an important role for my life.
Castells (2004) did mention about the network society expands on a global scale. That’s true, no doubt. Today, we could know what’s happening around the world by just one click. For example like Olympic 2012 Dato Lee Chong Wei’s badminton match, I could see my friends updating about this on Twitter and Facebook. They are like live reporters to announce the latest result to everyone. For those who couldn’t watch the live match like me, can update through all these social media. Talk about the Olympic 2012 again, I missed out the opening and closing ceremony of it. By searching through youtube, I’m able to watch it online. Everything is just one click away, easy and efficient.
Does networks really matter in our lives? According to Castells (2004), networks matter because they are the underlying structure of our lives. Yes, it’s true. Surfing the internet had already become a habit in our lives, especially teenagers. Everything for them is about online such as online gaming, online chatting, online shopping and so on. Network is like a multipurpose space for us to do anything we want and we like. Isn’t it powerful?
Castells, M 2004, ‘Afterword: why networks matter’, pp.221-225, accessed 1/8/2012, https://vista.uow.edu.au/webct/urw/tp0.lc20663/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct