Behind the news: social media, riots, and revolutions

Fuchs, Christian (2012) Behind the news: social media, riots, and revolutions. Capital and Class, 36 (3). pp. 383-391. ISSN 0309-8168

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309816812453613

Abstract

This article analyses the mass media’s claims about the role of social media in the 2011 UK riots and the Arab Spring, arguing that social media has become a new fetishism of technology that distracts from the contradictions of capitalism underlying contemporary societal changes and conflicts. Understanding contemporary capitalism, its contradictions and the role of the media requires a dialectical and critical analysis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
SWORD Depositor: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Depositing User: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 10:23
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2016 11:05
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/12263

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