Right-Wing Extremism 2.0: The Austrian Presidential Election on Social Media

Right-Wing Extremism 2.0: The Austrian Presidential Election on Social Media By Christian Fuchs CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 First published @ https://medium.com/@fuchschristian/                   Austria is a small country in the heart of Europe with about 8.7 million inhabitants. In international news coverage, you can normally not find much about [...]

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Special Issue of the Journal of Communication: Ferments in the Field: The Past, Present and Futures of Communication Studies

Special Issue of the Journal of Communication: Ferments in the Field: The Past, Present and Futures of Communication Studies Editors: Christian Fuchs & Jack Qiu Call for submission of extended abstracts http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1460-2466/homepage/call_for_papers__ferments_in_the_field.htm In 1983, Journal of Communication (JoC) published the special issue “Ferment in the Field” (Volume 33, Issue 3, co-edited by George Gerbner and [...]

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0.5 FTE Postdoc Research Fellow: Political Economy of the Internet

We are looking to hire as soon as possible and until the end of 2018 a London-based 50% (fixed-term) postdoc research fellow specialising in the political economy of the Internet.

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The Trade Union Bill and Social Media

The British government is planning to introduce legislation (“Trade Union Bill”) that reforms the planning and conduct of industrial actions. A consultation document associated with the Trade Union Bill suggests that unions have to provide advance notice to authorities it they employ social media in industrial actions.

13 Short Films about Social Media

13 Short Films about Social Media Students in the University of Westminster’s MA Social Media’s 2015 class created as part of the module “Critical Theory of Social Media and the Internet” short films about social media theory books. Ebru Sahin produced a movie about the contemporary virtual world, for which she interviewed David Gauntlett and [...]

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The Role of Internet Politics in the 2015 British Election Manifestos

General elections will take place in Britain on May 8, 2015. Whereas the role of digital and social media as a communication tool in election campaigns is often discussed in public, less attention tends to be given to policy questions that concern the Internet. What is the role of media and Internet politics in the contending parties’ election manifestos?

Call: RN18 Panel “Critical Media Sociology Today” at the ESA 2015 Conference

Call: RN18 Panel “Critical Media Sociology Today”
12th Conference of the European Sociological Association
August 25-28, 2015. Prague
ESA Research Network 18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research

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5th ICTs and Society Conference 2015: The Internet and Social Media at a Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political Economy and Critical Theory.

Given that the information society and the study of information face a world of crisis today and are at a crossroads, also the future of the Internet and social media are in question. The 5th ICTs and Society Conference therefore wants to focus on the questions: What are the main challenges that the Internet and social media are facing in capitalism today? What potentials for an alternative, commonist Internet are there? What are existing hindrances for such an Internet? What is the relationship of power structures, protest movements, societal developments, struggles, radical reforms, etc. to the Internet? How can critical political economy and critical theory best study the Internet and social media today?

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Capitalist and Commonist Social Media

Capitalist and Commonist Social Media

What’s wrong with capitalism and capitalist social media such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, etc. ? How would a commonist social media world look like?

With contributions and images by Carolina Cambre, Mario Haim, Teresa Alves, Han-Teng Liao, Matheus Lock, Tsai Hui-Ju, Jim Fearnley, Patricia “Jav” Zavala Gutiérrez, Shudipta Sharma, Marcin Koziej, Simon Schöpf, and Jonas Jørgensen

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Win a copy of Christian Fuchs’ new book “OccupyMedia! The Occupy Movement and Social Media in Crisis Capitalism”

You can win one of 20 copies of Christian Fuchs’ book “OccupyMedia! The Occupy Movement and Social Media in Crisis Capitalism”