–Vincent Mosco, Queen's University, Ontario
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 Second 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
Christian Fuchs discusses the legal struggles of Uber drivers while debunking the myth that the capitalist sharing economy is fair.
The second edition of “Social Media: A Critical Introduction” will contain a chapter on “The Political Economy of Online Sharing Platforms in the Age of Airbnb and Uber”.
Watch a conversation between Christian Fuchs and Simon Lindgren to learn what it means to be truly critical in social media and look at the dark side of the internet, and also to explore concepts such as public service internet, play labour, privacy fetishism and digital Marxism.