Civilization of the mind: understanding the network society paradigm

As we continue to look at how computers and the internet evolved in our history, we can look deeper into the ideas and thoughts that people had at this time. For example, packet switching was a method of grouping data and it was seen as unorganised and chaotic.

Society still saw this evolving technology as dangerous and scary. These new networks were seen as a new kind of space beyond material boarders, free flow of information, ‘thought, nothing but thought’.

The concept ‘Cyberspace’ was then created, it describes wide spread, interconnected digital technology. But what I found really interesting about it is that it was referred to as “consensual hallucination”.

“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts… A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding…”

― William Gibson, Neuromancer

2 thoughts on “Civilization of the mind: understanding the network society paradigm

  1. Good blog post Erin! Something I have been working on improving in my own blog posts is expanding on the lecture content rather than repeating it which I think would help you as well. For example, this week I chose to look deeper into WIRED magazine which was mentioned in the lecture and gain an understanding of their perspective on future networks ( You’ve used hyperlinks well in your post, but perhaps focus on writing about things you’ve learned from those sources rather than using them to support Ted’s lecture as a focus. You could look into the future of packet switching like in this article Great inclusion of a Youtube video, I would really love to see some more pictures in your post as well. Most importantly though, you’re missing a remediation! Don’t forget you need to make a remediation in the form of a meme, gif, youtube video or podcast in every blog post 🙂


  2. Hey Erin! I loved your blog post but as Josephine mentioned above you’re missing a remediation! NOOOOOOOO! I found the YouTube video super insightful and it was used well in this blog post. I look forward to reading more in the future 🙂


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