The suffusion of the economy, culture, and society with digital interconnectivity is known as the network society. In this innovative book, Robert Hassan unpacks the dynamics of this new information order and shows how media and politics have been affected. Drawing on ideas from media theory, cultural studies, and the politics of the newly evolving 'networked civil society,' Hassan argues that the network society is shot-through with contradictions and in a state of deep flux. Vital reading for those wishing to understand the network society. It is for undergraduate and postgraduate students of media, politics, and policy, and general reading.