The Network Society: A Shift in Cognitive Ecologies?

  • Mat Wall-Smith


By examining the psychodynamic effects on human cognition of the adoption of the technology of writing we can logically assess and contextualize the potential effect of the massification of networked information systems on our day-to-day thought processes. The identification of congruent, parallel and differential affect between writing and network technologies demands that their development be considered above and beyond the dictates and imperatives of consumer capitalism, it demands that the Internet be thought of in terms of public infrastructure rather than saleable capital.
How to Cite
Wall-Smith, M. (2002). The Network Society: A Shift in Cognitive Ecologies?. First Monday, 7(9).