Social Media Research

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Critique, Social Media and the Information Society

EDITED BY CHRISTIAN FUCHS AND MARISOL SANDOVAL (2014)

This book deals with the questions of what kind of society and what kind of Internet are desirable, how capitalism, power structures and social media are connected, how political struggles are connected to social media, what current developments of the Internet and society tell us about potential futures, what an alternative Internet can look like, and how a participatory, commons-based Internet and a co-operative, participatory, sustainable information society can be achieved.

The book is an outcome of the fourth ICTs and Society Conference "Critique, Democracy, and Philosophy in 21st Century Information Society. Towards Critical Theories of Social Media"

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Social Media: A Critical Introduction

BY CHRISTIAN FUCHS (2014)

Showing the reader how to ask the right kinds of questions about social media, the book takes the reader on a journey across social media, delving deep into case studies on Google, Facebook, Twitter, WikiLeaks and Wikipedia. The result lays bare the structures and power relations at the heart of our media landscape.

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Digital Labour and Karl Marx

BY CHRISTIAN FUCHS (2014)

This book deals with the question of how is labour changing in the age of computers, the Internet, and ‘social media’ such as Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter. It attempts to answer that question, crafting a systematic critical theorisation of labour as performed in the capitalist ICT industry through a range of global case studies, from unpaid social media prosumers, or Chinese hardware assemblers at Foxconn, to miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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OccupyMedia! The Occupy Movement and Social Media in Crisis Capitalism

BY CHRISTIAN FUCHS (2013)

This book shows how activists confront the contradictions of capitalism and communication in the age of crisis and social media.

"Christian Fuchs has written an indispensable guide... to the breaking story of the relationship of the massive explosion in worldwide protest and upheaval and social media." (Prof. Robert W. McChesney)

"There have been many attempts to examine the Occupy Movement, but none with the theoretical and empirical rigour of Fuchs’ masterful book. OccupyMedia! offers a critical vision of a world in crisis, a detailed description of the voices of resistance, and a thorough analysis of new forms of communication. The result is a much-needed model for research on social movements and a rich store of information for today’s movement activists." (Prof. Vincent Mosco).

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Identity Problems in the Facebook Era

BY DANIEL TROTTIER (2013)

How have new social media altered how individuals present themselves? What dilemmas have they introduced? In the age of Facebook, Twitter and other forms of instant communication, individuals are losing (or relinquishing) control over their personal information. Trottier provides a trenchant analysis of the paradoxes of privacy and the presentation of self in the early 21st century.

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Internet and Surveillance. The Challenges of Web 2.0 and Social Media (2012)

EDITED BY CHRISTIAN FUCHS, KEES BOERSMA, ANDERS ALBRECHTSLUND AND MARISOL SANDOVAL

Social media are situated in a world of global economic competition, economic crisis, and fear of terrorism after 9/11, both corporations and state institutions have a growing interest in accessing this personal data. Here, contributors explore this changing landscape by addressing topics such as commercial data collection by advertising, consumer sites and interactive media; self-disclosure in the social web; surveillance of file-sharers; privacy in the age of the internet; civil watch-surveillance on social networking sites; and networked interactive surveillance in transnational space. This book is a result of a research action launched by the intergovernmental network COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

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Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies (2012)

BY CHRISTIAN FUCHS

This book lays down foundations for the analysis of media, information, and information technology in 21st century information society, as well as introducing the theoretical and empirical tools necessary for the critical study of media and information. Christian Fuchs shows the role classical critical theory can play for analyzing the Internet, social media, digital media, communications, the information society and the information economy, as well as analyzing the role of the media and the information economy in economic development, the new imperialism, and the new economic crisis. The book critically discusses transformations of the Internet (‘web 2.0’, 'social media'), introduces the notion of alternative media as critical media, and shows the critical role media and information technology can play in contemporary society.

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Social Media as Surveillance: Rethinking Visibility in a Converging World

BY DANIEL TROTTIER (2012)

The book develops a surveillance studies approach to social media by presenting first hand ethnographic research with a variety of personal and professional social media users. Using Facebook as a case-study, it describes growing monitoring practices that involve social media.

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Media Convergence: Networked Digital Media in Everyday Life

GRAHAM MEIKLE AND SHERMAN YOUNG (2011)

This book focuses on how everyday media such as Facebook, iTunes and Google can be understood in new ways for the 21st century through ideas of convergence. Key chapters explore the development of the internet, the rise of social media and the new opportunities for audiences to create, collaborate upon and share their own media.

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Making is Connecting: The social meaning of creativity, from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0

BY DAVID GAUNTLETT (2011)

In this book , David Gauntlett argues that, through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to make connections. Gauntlett argues that social media can be seens as the seeds of a shift from a ‘sit–back–and–be–told culture’ to a ‘making–and–doing culture′. Drawing on evidence from psychology, politics, philosophy and economics, he shows how this shift is necessary and essential for the happiness and survival of modern societies.

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Media Studies 2.0, and Other Battles around the Future of Media Research

BY DAVID GAUNTLETT (2011)

Online participatory culture means that people who were previously just consumers of media can now be much more active and engaged, producing and distributing their own creative material, as well as enjoying professional and amateur work from around the world. This book asks: has this fundamentally changed what Media Studies is all about?

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tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique

OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL FOR A GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE INFORMATION SOCIETY, EDITED BY CHRISTIAN FUCHS (ONGOING)

tripleC is a journal that focuses on information society studies and studies of media, digital media, information and communication in society with a special interest in critical studies in these thematic areas.

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