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Author Fuchs, Christian, 1976- author

Title Culture and economy in the age of social media / Christian Fuchs
Published New York ; London : Routledge, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 418 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. Introduction -- Pt. I: Theoretical foundations -- 2. Culture and work / Christian Fuchs and Marisol Sandoval -- 3. Communication, ideology, and labour -- Pt. II: Social media's cultural political economy of time -- 4. Social media and labour time -- 5. Social media and productive labour -- Pt. III: Social media's cultural political economy of global space -- 6. Social media's international division of digital labour -- 7. Baidu, Weibo, and Renren: the global political economy of social media in China -- Pt. IV: Alternatives -- 8. Social media and the public sphere -- 9. Conclusion -- References -- Index
Summary Understanding social media requires us to engage with the individual and collective meanings that diverse stakeholders and participants give to platforms. It also requires us to analyse how social media companies try to make profits, how and which labour creates this profit, who creates social media ideologies, and the conditions under which such ideologies emerge. In short, understanding social media means coming to grips with the relationship between culture and the economy. In this thorough study, Christian Fuchs, one of the leading analysts of the Internet and social media, delves deeply into the subject by applying the approach of cultural materialism to social media, offering readers theoretical concepts, contemporary examples, and proposed opportunities for political intervention. Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to understand culture and the economy in an era populated by social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google in the West and Weibo, Renren, and Baidu in the East. Updating the analysis of thinkers such as Raymond Williams, Karl Marx, Ferruccio Rossi-Landi, and Dallas W. Smythe for the 21st century, Fuchs presents a version of Marxist cultural theory and cultural materialism that allows us to critically understand social media's influence on culture and the economy.--EbscoHost
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Online social networks.
Social media -- Economic aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 131573351X
9781317558200 (electronic bk.)