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Author Lovink, Geert, author.

Title Social media abyss : critical internet cultures and the force of negation / Geert Lovink.

Publication Info. Cambridge, UK : Polity, 2016.


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 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  302.231 L948s 2016    ---  Available
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Description viii, 248 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-248).
Contents Introduction: Preparing for uncommon departures -- What is the social in social media? -- After the social media hype : dealing with information overload -- A world beyond Facebook : the alternative of unlike us -- Hermes on the Hudson : media theory after Snowden -- Internet revenue models : a personal account -- The moneylab agenda : after free culture -- For Bitcoin to live, Bitcoin must die -- Netcore in Uganda : the i-network community -- Jonathan Franzen as symptom : internet resentment -- Urbanizing as verb : the map is not the tech -- Expanded updates : fragments of net criticism -- Occupy and the politics of organized networks.
Summary Social Media Abyss plunges into the paradoxical condition of the new digital normal versus a lived state of emergency. There is a heightened, post-Snowden awareness - we know we are under surveillance but we click, share, rank and remix with a perverse indifference to technologies of capture and cultures of fear. Despite the incursion into privacy by companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon, social media use continues to be a daily habit with shrinking gadgets now an integral part of our busy lives. We are torn between addiction anxiety and subliminal, obsessive use. Where do art, culture and criticism venture when the digital vanishes into the background?, Geert Lovink strides into the frenzied social media debate with Social Media Abyss - the fifth volume of his ongoing investigation into critical internet culture. He examines the symbiotic yet problematic relation between networks and social movements, and further develops the notion of organized networks. Lovink doesn't just submit to the empty soul of 24/7 communication but rather provides the reader with radical alternatives. Among Lovink's many topics are selfie culture, the aesthetics of Anonymous and an anatomy of the Bitcoin religion. Will monetization through cybercurrencies and crowdfunding contribute to a redistribution of wealth or further widen the gap between rich and poor? In this age of the free, how can a revenue model for the 99 per cent be collectively designed? Welcome back to the Social Question.
Subject Social media.
Online social networks -- Sociological aspects.
Popular culture.
ISBN 9781509507757 (hardback)
1509507752 (hardback)
9781509507764 (paperback)
1509507760 (paperback)
Standard No. 40026368703

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