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Off the NetworkDisrupting the Digital World$
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Ulises Ali Mejias

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678990

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678990.001.0001

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Acting inside and outside the Network

Acting inside and outside the Network

(p.55) 4 Acting inside and outside the Network
Off the Network

Ulises Ali Mejias

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter details the relationship between the network and the self. It discusses specific biases in the manner in which the network mediates the social reality of the individual terms of immediacy, intensity, intimacy, and simultaneity. It also reviews different models for conceptualizing how the network and the individual codetermine opportunities for action, including actor-network theory. Actor-network theory establishes that “artifacts and their properties emerge as the result of being embedded in a network of human and nonhuman entities. It is in this context that they gain an identity and that properties can be attributed to them”.

Keywords:   social reality, immediacy, intensity, intimacy, simultaneity, digital network, individual, actor-network theory

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