Karl Marx @ internet studies

Fuchs, Christian and Dyer-Witheford, N (2013) Karl Marx @ internet studies. New Media & Society, 15 (5). pp. 782-796. ISSN 1461-4448

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444812462854


The task of this paper is to point out the relevance of Karl Marx for Internet Studies. Marxian concepts that have been reflected implicitly or explicitly in Internet Studies include: (1) dialectics; (2) capitalism; (3) commodity/commodification; (4) surplus value, exploitation, alienation, class; (5) globalization; (6) ideology/ideology critique; (7) art and aesthetics; (8) class struggle; (9) commons; (10) public sphere; (11) communism. The paper provides a literature overview for showing that, and how, Marxian concepts have been used in Internet Studies. Internet Studies to a certain extent analyse the Internet, economy and society in Marxist-inspired studies terms, yet do not acknowledge the connection to Marx and thus seem superficial in their various approaches discussing capitalism, exploitation and domination. We argue that it is time to actively remember that Marx is the founding figure of Critical Studies and that Marxian analyses are crucial for understanding the contemporary role of the Internet and the media in society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
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Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 10:17
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2016 10:50
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/13012

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