"Timely new chapters on China and the 'sharing economy' of Uber and Airbnb strengthen an already vital contribution to communication studies. Through the lens of critical theory, Fuchs provides the essential text for students of our new media world."
-Vincent Mosco, Queen's University, Ontario
With social media changing how we use and understand everything from communication and the news to transport, more than ever it is essential to ask the right kinds of questions about the business and politics of social media. This book equips students with the critical thinking they need to understand the complexities and contradictions and make informed judgements.
This Second Edition:
Lays bare the structures and power relations at the heart of our media landscape
Explores the sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb in a brand new chapter
Takes us into the politics and economy of social media in China
Puts forward powerful arguments for how to achieve a social media that serves the purposes of a just and fair world
This book is the essential, critical guide for all students of media studies and sociology. Readers will never look at social media the same way again.
Christian Fuchs is Professor at the University of Westminster, where he is the Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and the Director of the Communication and Media Research Institute. His research fields are critical theory, critical media/communication studies, critical digital studies. His books published in English are: Social Media: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition 2017); Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of Lukacs, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the Interne/t /(2016); Reading Marx in the Information Age. A Media and Communication Studies Perspective on Capital Volume 1(2016); Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media (2015); OccupyMedia! The Occupy Movement and Social media in Crisis Capitalism (2014); Digital Labour and Karl Marx (2014); Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies (2011); Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age (2011); Practical Civil Virtues in Cyberspace: Towards the Utopian Identity of Civitas and Multitudo (2009); Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age (2008).
What is a Critical Introduction to Social Media? I FOUNDATIONS What are Social Media and Big Data? Social Media as Participatory Culture Social Media and Communication Power II APPLICATIONS The Power and Political Economy of Social Media Google: Good or Evil Search Engine? Facebook: Surveillance in the Age of Edward Snowden Twitter and Democracy: A New Public Sphere? Weibo and Chinese Capitalism The Political Economy of Online Sharing Platforms in the Age of Airbnb and Uber WikiLeaks: Can We Make Power Transparent? Wikipedia: A New Democratic Form of Collaborative Work and Production? III CULTURES Conclusion: Social Media and its Alternatives - Towards a Truly Social Media