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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

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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).


Timely new chapters on China and on 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
A definitive book for all social media users who feel powerless and exploited, who long for dignity, freedom, and a more democratic Internet - illuminated, again, by critical theory.
-- Jack Qiu
Christian Fuch's revised text should be mandatory reading for students, scholars, or anyone trying to understand the changes and continuity that characterize social media. The book is a smart, thorough and well-documented resource that should be useful to all. -- Janet Wasko

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