Category: Creative Industries

Is Social Media too Competitive by Design? New title Online Social Capital released.

Is Social Media too Competitive by Design? New title Online Social Capital released.

This is just one question Kane X. Faucher addresses in his new book Social Capital Online released today.  The book is the 7th title in the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies series. following the recent appearance of The Big Data Agenda.

A work of critical media studies it examines the idea within the new ‘network spectacle’ of digital capitalism drawing on the ideas of Marx, Veblen, Debord  (see also Spectacle 2.0)  Baudrillard, Deleuze and others. His book concludes with consideration of what could be done to address the pathologies of online obsession with accumulation and status and the alienation that follows.

Titles in the series (all open access) now consists of (in reverse order of publication) the following titles:

Series Editor: Christian Fuchs

2018
Social Capital Online: Alienation and Accumulation

Kane X. Faucher

The Big Data Agenda: Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies
Annika Richterich

2017
Spectacle 2.0: Reading Debord in the Context of Digital Capitalism
edited by Marco Briziarelli and Emiliana Armano

Capital, State, Empire: The New American Way of Digital Warfare
Scott Timcke

Politicizing the Digital Sphere: Theory the Internet and Renewing Democracy
Trevor Garrison Smith

Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism: An Introduction to Cognitive Materialism
Mariano Zukerfeld

2016
Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse and Habermas in the Age of the Internet

Christian Fuchs

 

All about COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTION, a new title from UWP

All about COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTION, a new title from UWP

How the impact of collaborative production has played out in creative industries is the topic of the fourth UWP book title. COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTION IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES edited by James Graham of Middlesex University and Alessandro Gandini of Kings College, London picks up the baton from such titles as Production Studies, The Sequel and Be Creative by Angela McRobbie and a variety of other titles discussing digital labour. The book focuses on the sociotechnical and aesthetic dimensions of collaborative creative work that have been somewhat overlooked and was developed out of work instigated by the Promotional Cultures Research Cluster at the University of Middlesex, UK. It looks at particular examples in film, television, publishing, art and social media collection in order to further a critical understanding of the integral role collaboration plays in contemporary media and culture. The book – itself a collaborative production from scholars based in the UK, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong and France is available to read and download for free.

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FREE KNOWLEDGE! Critical Digital and Social Media Studies new title and event

FREE KNOWLEDGE! Critical Digital and Social Media Studies new title and event

KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL CAPITALISM will be the second title in the CDSMS series available from May 26th for download here and purchase in print At a preview book launch event held at the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies on Friday May the 26th, Dr Zukerfeld will discuss ‘Capitalist Piracy? Creative Industries, “Free” Knowledge and Cognitive Exploitation. Drawing upon insights from his new book KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL CAPITALISM: AN INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE MATERIALISM, Mariano Zukerfeld will discuss how the creative industries took off, how they were propelled by unremunerated knowledge, and how they continue to be so today. Conclusions are offered for discussion in respect to alternative approaches. The aim is to foster a fresh understanding of capitalist exploitation and of how the processes surrounding knowledge might inform future thought. Full details from WIAS.

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Managing Disruptiveness as the New Norm – WPCC

Managing Disruptiveness as the New Norm – WPCC

Managing Disruptiveness as the New Norm – WPCC: 11: 1 (2016) is out and published.

Research articles on media and digital disruption cover industries and topics as diverse as: hybrid TV, German Newspapers, co-creation platforms, video games, business models, business-to-business media and the long term future of Russian media. Other features treat trade book publishing and the prospects for media management research via an interview with Lucy Küng Google Digital News Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, University of Oxford. Dinara Tokbaeva guest edited.

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