This piece of work provides an analysis of the concept of the networked society and brought forward in various scholarly works.
In the 21st century, there has been a great technological paradigm that underpins the change in social structure. In the early 20th century, technology was constrained among the western countries where this word had some meaning. In other regions, technology was a foreign word and it was a dream that existed in the dreams of only the enlightened in the society. This was the time that Castel (2000) compares with the modern times and uses social transformation as the term to describe the great difference between the two eras. Traditional scholars such as Georg Simmel provide a futuristic idea of the world as it would in the advent of technology. In the traditional society, the world was segmented and social ties existed within people within the same geographical location. Each society was confined within limited geographical regions and cultural attitudes were used to bind me close together. Beyond the boundaries of culture, people remained within these small networks. Castel attributes this to the shortage of technological in this dark era the world was still too young. From Castell’s point of view, the cultural, social and political aspects of the society were suppressed by an era of little technology.
Since the last two decades of the 20th century, the world has experienced a great transformational change in the field of technology. As most scholars suggest, the 21st century has led to the erosion of the traditional society ushering a new era of a new reformed society. Although the theories of a networked society evolved long before the proliferation of discrete information technology structures, it is clear that it is a process that has taken over the society today. The development of the information technology and its