The Westminster Institute of Advanced Studies, the Communication and Media Research Institute and Pluto Press are pleased to invite you to the book launch of Digital Demagogue by Professor Christian Fuchs.
Christian Fuchs will be giving an introduction to Digital Demagogue, a timely and topical study of the expressions of ideology, nationalism and authoritarianism in the age of big data and social media. He will further discuss the prospects for overcoming capitalism and renewing the Left.
We’re all familiar with the ways that Donald Trump uses digital media to communicate, from the ridiculous to the terrifying. This book digs deeper into the use of those tools in politics to show how they have facilitated the rise of authoritarianism, nationalism and right-wing ideologies around the world.
Christian Fuchs applies an updated Marxist frame, along with insights drawn from Frankfurt School thinkers counting Franz L. Neumann, Theodor W. Adorno, Erich Fromm, Herbert Marcuse, Max Horkheimer, Wilhelm Reich, Leo Löwenthal and Klaus Theweleit, to show the pernicious role of social media in the hands of nationalist politicians.
Media platforms like Twitter have been used to spread right-wing ideology far and wide, and make it seem like an ordinary part of contemporary political discourse. Fuchs diagnoses this problem in stark terms, but he doesn’t stop there: he also lays out ways to fight it, and analyses the prospects for pushing past capitalism and renewing the Left.
About Christian Fuchs
Christian Fuchs is Professor at the University of Westminster. He is Director of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS). His fields of expertise are critical digital and social media studies, the Internet and society, the political economy of media and communication, information society theory, social theory and critical theory. He has published extensively and is co-editor of the open access journal triple: Communication, Capitalism and Critique.