Category: Critical Digital and Social Media Studies series

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

 

Big Data: More ethics and social justice on the agenda?

Big Data: More ethics and social justice on the agenda?

Dr Annika Richterich’s new book The Big Data Agenda just published open access by the University of Westminster Press explores the entanglements between big technology corporations and big data research as significant ethical issues are being overlooked in the rush to monetise vast data sets. At once an overview of the emerging field of critical data studies the author considers in detail one big data research area – biomedical studies – drawing on the perspectives of discourse ethics and critical data studies.

The Big Data Agenda is the 6th title in the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies series. In addition to The Big Data Agenda the series (all open access) now consists of (in reverse order of publication) the following titles:

Series Editor: Christian Fuchs

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law and Popular Culture: Remembering Steve Redhead

Law and Popular Culture: Remembering Steve Redhead

The ESLJ’s editors were dismayed to hear of the passing of advisory board member Steve Redhead, a founding member of the Journal’s editorial board and a key figure in numerous fields that the journal has covered over the years. Yet his legacy is to be celebrated.

Entertainment and Sports Law Journal editor Professor Guy Osborn’s eloquent tribute to Steve (‘He Danced Critically, He Raved Off) can be found on the Leisure Studies Association blog.

Steve’s contribution to ESLJ can in no measure be fully reflected here but below are the articles he wrote or were written about his work in ESLJ.

Intervention

Emotional Hooligan: Post-Subcultural Research and the Histories of Britain’s Football Gangs
Leeds United on Trial
Article
Little Hooliganz: The Inside Story of Glamorous Lads, Football Hooligans and Post-Subculturalism
Reviews
The Mayor’s A Square: Live Music and Law and Order in Sydney by Shane Homan
The Book of Touch edited by Constance Classen
And on Steve’s Little Hooliganz, Dr Geoff Pearson on A commentary on ‘Little Hooliganz: The Inside Story of Glamorous Lads, Football Hooligans and Post-Subculturalism’ by Professor Steve Redhead

 

UWP reaches 200,000 views and downloads of its publications

UWP reaches 200,000 views and downloads of its publications

On 29 March 2017 we reported that after 18 months UWP had reached six figures in audiences. It’s taken just a little over 11 months to notch up the second 100,000 with the auspicious day being close to the 5th of March and actual figures now in excess of 202,000. Subject to the usual caveats over forecasts we hope to hit the third 100,000 even faster next time as the scope of our publishing continues to grow.

To date UWP has published 9 book titles and distributed 4 others in the fields of media studies, law and history. All published book titles are available to read online, download as ePub and to purchase in print. It has published 2 journals with 56 new articles since inception also making available 392 archive articles from Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture and the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal. The majority of views and downloads are from these 448 journal articles, both of which were open access publications before being published by UWP and have built their audiences courtesy of the internet.

Some useful links are below:

2017-18 UWP catalogue
Critical Digital and Social Media Studies series
Law and the Senses series
All books

Distributed titles:
The History of the University of Westminster Press series (PDF only)

The University of Westminster Press is a micropress one of several new UK university presses that have developed and look like continuing to appear over the next few years in the UK in addition to academic-led publishing and scholarly communications initiatives from University libraries. It is a part of the Ubiquity Press partner network.

Needing ‘Public’ and ‘Private’: Trevor G. Smith on Arendt and Politicizing Digital Space

Needing ‘Public’ and ‘Private’: Trevor G. Smith on Arendt and Politicizing Digital Space

UWP author Trevor Garrison Smith discusses his book Politicizing Digital Space: Theory, the Internet and Renewing Democracy via a podcast free to download and listen. The book argues that with public and private increasingly conflated digital spaces where democracy can flourish without ‘noise’ are more than ever needed.

The book like all of UWP‘s publications is free to read and download.