Manuel Castells is widely regarded in academic circles as the world’s first Internet philosopher. His epoch-making trilogy, The Information Age, critically reviewed the socio-economic, political and cultural changes being accelerated through the technologically driven process of globalization. In The Internet Galaxy, Castells focuses on the Internet as an independent techno-social process, and places it in the context of the broader hypotheses of his previous work.
In The Internet Galaxy, Castells undertakes a critical review of the frameworks underlying the Internet as a medium of communication. It would therefore be appropriate to classify Castells’ various chapters into five broad areas for review: (i) the social dimensions of the Internet; (ii) the Internet culture; (iii) the effects of the Internet on the market; (iv) the political implications of the Internet; and (v) the Internet and the concept of the ‘digital divide’.