“…It is helpful to think of information like water. At a molecular level, it is invisible and imperceptible to the human eye, yet as being made in large part of water, we are literally swimming in dilutions of it every day,”

“Like water, information takes the shape of its container…. Like water, information circulates through human-made networks oriented to fulfill communal needs. Like water, information is measured, dammed, bought and sold, regulated and recycled. Like water, information has a value in global circuits of trade.”

“Yet though the idea of information flowing like water is helpful, it does not go far enough to depict the complete malleability of information, nor does it accurately reflect what Manuel Castells has articulated as the power of information flowing through networks.”