We the citizens of planet earth are all interconnected in some way shape or form. There is no denying it, I know that through your networks you will find a way that you are connected to Dan in England or Ray in the United States. It’s the world we live in now, we are a multicultural world and it is all to do with the global networks we are a part of. The internet and air travel are the big contributors global networks allowing for companies to expand and contribute to the globalisation of this world; however, what exactly are these networks?
There are 3 types of networks that are around these days: centralised, decentralised and distributed. Each network has their own unique style for example, if we look at our university we have centralised networks in lectures with the teacher the central hub and we the students being the nodes connected to the teacher, a Decentralised network would be our class being broken up into our tutorial groups and our tutors the central nodes here, and finally we have our own distributed network amongst ourselves, we all can connect to each other through various social media and interactions. I know we are encouraged to create our own distributed networks through Twitter, WordPress and my class’s own subreddit.
The reasons we need to understand networks in this day and age is because let’s face it; they are an underlying structure in our everyday lives (Castells, 2004). The global networks we have now have only benefitted our society. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have globally recognised companies like McDonalds or Disney. Understanding this is the first step in learning about networks and how they control our lives.
Castells, M (2004) ‘Afterword: why networks matter.’ In Network Logic: Who governs in interconnected world? Pp. 221-224
Mitew, T (2013) ‘DIGC202 Introduction: Engaging Global Networks’, Lecture Prezi, DIGC202, UOW, 30th/7/2013,
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