Social Media and the Islamic State’s Killing of James Foley: Why It Is Time the West Shifts Public Attention towards the Kurdish Internet-Sphere

Social Media and the Islamic State’s Killing of James Foley

Western media, including the Guardian and the BBC, hardly report on the fact that Kurds use social media for documenting and reporting on their fight against IS.

The best support that the Western public can give to the Kurds is to stop focusing so much attention on IS and its use of social media, to stop unwinnable right-wing attempts to censor and control the Internet, and to start amplifying the voices and visibility of the Kurdish social media sphere by reporting about how Kurds and their supporters use the Internet for political purposes, and by re-tweeting and re-posting their contributions.

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A new publication about Marx and Communication, edited by C. Fuchs & Vincent Mosco, 29 articles, 500+ pages: Marx is back – The importance of Marxist theory and research for Critical Communication Studies today

A new publication about Marx and Communication, edited by C. Fuchs & Vincent Mosco, 29 articles, 500+ pages: Marx is back – The importance of Marxist theory and research for Critical Communication Studies today

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Special issue of tripleC: Capitalist Crisis, Communication & Culture

“Capitalism […] is approaching an apocalyptic zero-point” (Slavoj Žižek).

What is the role of communication in the general situation of capitalist crisis?
The global economic downturn is an indicator of a new worldwide capitalist crisis. The main focus of most public debates as well as of economic and policy analyses is the role of finance capital and the housing market in creating the crisis, less attention is given to the role of communication technologies, the media, and culture in the world economic crisis. The task of this special issue of tripleC is to present analyses of the role of ICTs, the media, and culture in the current crisis of capitalism. The seven papers focus on the causes, development, and effects of the crisis. Each paper relates one or more of these dimensions to ICTs, the media, or culture.