Group Discussion Assignment
Name& Student ID: Liu jingdi (Jerry), MB140157 Li qiqi (Cherry), MB 140688 Huo qianting (Florence), MB140205 Lu xiaodan (Sylvia), MB141431 What are the three layers of space of flows in Castells? Three layers combine the space of flows. The space of flow: it is the material organization of time sharing social practices that work through flows.
The first layer is constituted by a circuit of electronic impulses that form the material basis for the processes that are strategically crucial in the network of society.
The second layer is constituted by its nodes and hubs. It is based on an electronic network, but this network links up specific places, with well-defined social and functional activities.
The third layer refers to the spatial organization of the dominant, managerial elites that exercise the directional functions around such spaces is articulated.
Advanced telecommunications systems could make it possible for finance, consulting, design and scientific innovation to scatter around. And this process connects advanced services, producer centers and markets in the global network. Within a country, the inside network reproduce itself, and therefore, the whole system becomes interconnected at the global level. Take the process of globalization as an example, it makes different regions more closely connected with each other rather than separate them away with each other. Regional companies integrate into
international network and become more dependent on each other.
Industrial space is also changed due to technological changes. According to the article, high technology manufacturing is organized by two groups---a highly skilled and science- and technology-based labor force and a mass of unskilled workers. In this whole system, high technology is the decisive factor for technological for production.
Our everyday life style has also been changed by the development of electronic communication and information system. According to the article, it supplements rather than replace. The information exchange does not only empower the citizens but also business and its visitors. The birth and development of Weibo is especially obvious in changing our everyday life. Since the growth of social network is so spectacular that Weibo has played a crucial role of changing Chinese’s way of getting and changing experience. It is said that youngsters’ (between 18 and 32) media consumptions habit has been influenced by Weibo the most, they rely on Weibo to keep up what’s going on with the other peers’ life. Many super stars, not only those from China itself, but also many from western countries, they also use Weibo as a platform to promote their ventures and strengthen their fan base in China.
Information technology also maximize our communication network with minimize our territorial contiguity. It influences how the city operates and thrives.
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