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Class notes and homework 11/14/17

Also, for a final course project, I'd like to ask you to write a five page research paper (perhaps in Google Docs), and begin to think through what you'd like to inquire about in this paper for next week - which we'll then talk about and focus further, drawing on the innovative thinking and ideas of this course re the information technology revolution. So, for next week, could you please write a tentative opening paragraph, with a research question, a thesis (e.g. "I want to argue that ... " "I want to suggest that ..." ) and 3 main points that you might like to "argue" further  in the paper. Thank you!
I don't know what I want to focus on. I want it to be something I'm interested in that I would like to explore further. Top runners are crypto currency, or universal basic income.

Some further definitions re - Society, Information Technology, and the Global University ... - 
... While society can mean - "the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community" - for Castells it further refers to "social, political, economic and cultural changes caused by the spread of networked, digital information and communications technologies," with intellectual origins for Castells going back to "social theorists such as Georg Simmel who analyzed the effect of modernization and industrial capitalism on complex patterns of affiliation, organization, production and experience" (

And information for Castells is related "to data and knowledge" - - and "where its creation, distribution, use, integration and manipulation is a significant economic, political, and cultural activity" (