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Social media: a critical introduction

Social media: a critical introduction

Fuchs, Christian

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

Paperback, Book. English.
2nd ed.
Published London : SAGE 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Christian Fuchs
ISBN: 1473966833, 9781473966833
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Previous edition: 2014.
Physical Description: vii, 386 p. : illustrations (black and white) ; 25 cm
Subject: Social media.; Media Studies.


  1. What is a Critical Introduction to Social Media?I FOUNDATIONSWhat are Social Media and Big Data?Social Media as Participatory CultureSocial Media and Communication PowerII APPLICATIONSThe Power and Political Economy of Social MediaGoogle: Good or Evil Search Engine?Facebook: Surveillance in the Age of Edward SnowdenTwitter and Democracy: A New Public Sphere?Weibo and Chinese CapitalismThe Political Economy of Online Sharing Platforms in the Age of Airbnb and UberWikiLeaks: Can We Make Power Transparent?Wikipedia: A New Democratic Form of Collaborative Work and Production?III CULTURESConclusion: Social Media and its Alternatives
  2. 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.||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.
||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.