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Social Media: A Critical Introduction 2ed

by Christian Fuchs Sage Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
03/2017
ISBN:
9781473966833
Format:
Pbk 400 pages
Price:
AU$73.00 NZ$74.78
Product Status: In Stock Now
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Instructors
& Academics:
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 new 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.

What is a Critical Introduction to Social Media?
What are Social Media and Big Data?
Social Media as Participatory Culture
Social Media and Communication Power
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?
Conclusion: Social Media and its Alternatives – Towards a Truly Social Media

"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."

Christian Fuchs - University of Westminster