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The author utilizes dialectics as the primary methodological approach due to
his conviction in the discursive power of that approach to Reality. Through this
approach, then, the author finds the dialectic pair for the notion of the network, i.e. the notion of the environment. Next, on the pair “network‑environment”,
the author superimposes the more interesting pair “Self‑
Other” (or “familiar‑unfamiliar”).
In his intent of taming the unfamiliar, the author draws abundantly
from the works of Ryszard Kapuściński. The next step is directed
toward the recognition of the metaphysical foundations of the phenomenon of
the network, i.e. the influence of that which is collective on that which is individual.
Here, in turn, the author finds certain affinity with the works of American
scholars: Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler.