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Networking from below--week 10. Discussion of what Juris calls "the self-generating network as an emerging political ideal." This new ideal emerges in the context of the policy & social values dilemma described by Castells, who says that we cannot take for granted that the massive structural transformations and human dislocations represented by the "network society" are an intrinsically superior or progressive set of changes. Rather, Castells asks, what policy _choices_ must we make after recognizing that this global tranformation is both "potentially destructive and potentially creative"? What policy choices need to be made in order to maximize creativity--in politics, education, production, development, and culture--while minimizing harm?
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Describe the "civic engagement" ambitions for your project in some of the terms proposed by Castells and Juris. Do you hope to achieve some of the policy or values changes proposed by Castells? Are you hoping to take advantage of some of the grassroots communications or organizations strategies proposed by Juris? Can you relate Castells, Juris and the ambitions of your project's civic engagement to the paradigms explored by Shirky (organizing without organizations), the Korean netizens (organizing with organizations) and Moore (the nature of "super" power from below)?
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