Ilya Levin (Tel Aviv University)


Course description
The course is focused on analyzing the relationship between multidimensional globalization, communication and social changes in the contemporary Digital Society. The analysis highlights philosophical, social, cultural, and political implications of globalization. Specifically, the influence of emerging communication technologies in the various dimensions of globalization will be presented.
The teaching approach is planned to be comparative, and multicultural. The format of the course will include lectures, home-works and participation of the students in discussions taking place both in the class and in the Web.

1. Introduction. The main goals of the course. The structure of the course. Grading policy. Requirements. Assignments.
2. Philosophy of Information Policies. From the Historical State to the Hyperhistorical Multi-Agent Systems (MAS). The Nature of the Political MAS. Power, space, organization. Identity, cohesion, consent, legitimacy. The transparent state.
3. Media and the Future of Democracy and Equality. The Relational Self: Descartes, Phenomenology, and the Analogue-Digital Age.
4. Transformations of Society. Blurring the distinction between reality and virtuality; blurring the distinctions between human, machine and nature; reversing from scarcity to abundance; shifting from the primacy of entities to the primacy of interactions.
5. Grey Ecology. From Abundance to Scarcity. Interaction and Agency. Control and Self-Presentation.
6. Attention in the Network Society. Attention Economy: from power to seduction. Joint Attention.
7. Distributed Responsibility in the Network Society. Epistemic Responsibility: Insights from Social Epistemology. Responsibility & ICT: Insights from the Philosophy of Computing. Re-Conceptualizing Epistemic Responsibility.
8. Power in the Network Society. State and Power in the Global Age. Networks. Global Network Society. The Network state. Power of the Network. State and Power in the Global Age.
9. Communication in the Digital Age. A communication revolution? Technological Convergence and the New Multimedia System: From Mass Communication to Mass Self-communication. The Organization and Management of Communication: Global
Multimedia Business Networks. The Politics of Regulatory Policies.
10. Cultural Changes in a Globalized World. Cultural space. The culture of the globalization. The Creative Audience. Communication in the Global Digital Age.
11. Networks of Mind and Power. Emotion, Cognition, and Politics. The Politics of Beliefs. The Framing of the Mind. From Misinformation to Mystification. The Power of the Frame.
12. Programming Communication Networks: Media Politics, Scandal Politics, and the Crisis of Democracy. Power-making by Image-making. Media Politics at Work. The State and Media Politics: Propaganda and Control. The Demise of Public Trust and the Crisis of Political Legitimacy.
13. Reprogramming Communication Networks: Social Movements, Insurgent Politics, and the New Public Space. The Environmental Movement and the New Culture of Nature. The Network is the Message: Global Movements against Corporate Globalization. Rewiring Minds, Changing the World.

Required reading
Castells, M. (2013). Communication power. OUP Oxford.
Castells, M. (2010). “Globalisation, Networking, Urbanisation: Reflections on the Spatial Dynamics of the Information Age”, Urban Studies, Pages 27-37, 47. (accessible online:

Alakeson, Y. (2003) Making the Net Work: Sustainable Development in a Digital Society, Middlesex, England: Forum for the Future.
Beck, U. (2005). Power in the Global Age, Cambridge: Polity Press, Pages166-235
Beck, U. (2013). German Europe, Cambridge: Polity Press.
Floridi, L. (2014). The fourth revolution: How the infosphere is reshaping human reality. OUP Oxford.
Floridi, L. (2015). The onlife manifesto. Springer-Verlag GmbH.
Howard, P. (2011) The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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