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Global Media Journal
Arabian Edition
Fall/Winter 2010
Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 16-26


E l G a m a l | 16

Network society: A social evolution powered by youth
By Hebatullah S. El Gamal
Sixth of October University for Modern Sciences and Arts, Cairo

Since the rise of the term “network society” other expressions such as digital divide and
digital inclusion have been re-visited. The attention is now directed towards studying the social
implications of the connected world. The active participation in the network society moves
societies to inclusive ones, albeit virtual ones. Marginalized societal segments as such as the
aged, disabled and poor have enormous opportunities to overcome their challenges by joining the
network society. Youth, especially in developing countries, who are considered “postponed
capacities” represent a segment of the population that new information technologies (NITs)
helped overcome their alienation and suppression as immature members of the society. This
essay scans the debate taking place between the advantages and disadvantages of NITs. It also
provides faces of digital cohesion leading to social inclusion across the world. Lastly, the essay
shares the case of Egypt through an account of some of the attempts carried out by youth to
benefit from the network society. The provided examples throughout this essay varied from
social to business activities.
Key words: Network society, digital inclusion, digital divide, network paradox, online
marketplace for youth.

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