Social Media: A Critical Introduction

Timely new chapters on china and the ′sharing economy′ of Uber and Airbnb strengthen an already vital contribution to communication studies. Sage Publications Ltd. This book equips students with the critical thinking they need to understand the complexities and contradictions and make informed judgements.

. Readers will never look at social media the same way again. This second edition: lays bare the structures and power relations at the heart of our media landscape Explores the sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb in a brand new chapter Takes us into the politics and economy of social media in China Puts forward powerful arguments for how to achieve a social media that serves the purposes of a just and fair world This book is the essential, critical guide for all students of media studies and sociology.

Through the lens of critical theory, Fuchs provides the essential text for students of our new media world. Vincent mosco,  queen′s university, ontario with social media changing how we use and understand everything from communication and the news to transport, more than ever it is essential to ask the right kinds of questions about the business and politics of social media.


Media/Society: Industries, Images, and Audiences

Sage publications Inc. Retaining its acclaimed sociological framework, the potential social impact of new media on society, including digitization, the Internet, the role of user-generated content, the spread of mobile media devices, the Fifth Edition covers new studies, and significantly expands discussions of the “new media” world, includes up-to-date material about today’s rapidly changing media landscape, and new media’s effect on traditional media outlets.

Updated research, the latest industry data, and current examples from popular media illustrate enduring themes in the sociology of media. Media/society: industries, images, fifth edition, and audiences, by David Croteau and William Hoynes provides a framework for understanding the relationship between media and society and helps readers develop skills for critically evaluating both conventional wisdom and their own assumptions about the social role of the media.


Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Data discrimination is a real social problem; noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color.

But, if you type in “white girls, ” the results are radically different. Through an analysis of textual and media searches as well as extensive research on paid online advertising, Noble exposes a culture of racism and sexism in the way discoverability is created online. An original, disturbing account of bias on the internet, at times, maintained, surprising and, Algorithms of Oppression contributes to our understanding of how racism is created, and disseminated in the 21st century.

. A revealing look at how negative biases against women of color are embedded in search engine results and algorithms Run a Google search for “black girls”—what will you find? “Big Booty” and other sexually explicit terms are likely to come up as top search terms. The suggested porn sites and un-moderated discussions about “why black women are so sassy” or “why black women are so angry” presents a disturbing portrait of black womanhood in modern society.

As search engines and their related companies grow in importance—operating as a source for email, a major vehicle for primary and secondary school learning, and beyond—understanding and reversing these disquieting trends and discriminatory practices is of utmost importance. Sage publications Inc. In algorithms of oppression, safiya umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities.

Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest

A firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet-fueled social movements’ greatest strengths and frequent challenges Sage publications Inc.

The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media

This fascinating study will appeal to all readers interested in social media. Social media penetrate our lives: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and many other platforms define daily habits of communication and creative production. Sage publications Inc. Oxford university Press USA. This book studies the rise of social media, providing both a historical and a critical analysis of the emergence of major platforms in the context of a rapidly changing ecosystem of connective media.

Author josé van dijck offers an analytical prism that can be used to view techno-cultural as well as socio-economic aspects of this transformation as well as to examine shared ideological principles between major social media platforms.

Social Media Freaks: Digital Identity in the Network Society

Sage publications Inc. It has flattened the divide between producer and audience found in other forms of culture while also enriching some massive corporations. Oxford university Press USA. It presents original and secondary findings, while also utilizing social theory to explain the dynamics of social media.

It teaches readers how to engage social media as a tool for social activism while also examining the limits of social media's value in the quest for social change. Social media has been transforming American and global cultural life for over a decade. At the core of social media freaks is the question: does social media reproduce inequalities or is it a tool for subverting them? Social Media Freaks presents a virtual ethnography of social media, gender, focusing on issues of identity and inequality along five dimensions-race, class, sexuality, and disability.


Understanding Social Media Understanding Contemporary Culture series

Oxford university Press USA. As an aid to understanding, key concepts in each chapter are illustrated by case studies to give real-world examples of theory in action. Sage publications Ltd. Taking an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, this book provides a clear and concise explanation of the key concepts but also goes beyond specific brands, sites and practices to show readers how to place social media more critically within the changing media and cultural landscape.

Cutting across the many dimensions of social media, this book explores the industries, economic and visual, from the political, ideologies and cultural practices that are increasingly becoming part of global popular culture. Sage publications Inc. Instructors - electronic inspection copies are available or contact your local sales representative for an inspection copy of the print version.

Understanding social Media provides a critical and timely conceptual toolbox for navigating the evolution and practices of social media.

Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online SocietyNow

Online and mainstream celebrity culture are now weaving together, such that breakout stars from one-hit viral videos are able to turn their transient fame into a full-time career. The face of internet celebrity is rapidly diversifying and evolving. This book presents a framework for thinking about the different forms of internet celebrity that have emerged over the last decade, taking examples from the Global North and South, to consolidate key ideas about cultures of online fame.

Oxford university Press USA. Sage publications Inc. Sage publications Ltd. It discusses the overall landscape, developments and trends in the internet celebrity economy, and cross-cultural lessons.

Social Media: Enduring Principles

Social media: enduring principles offers a comprehensive overview of topics in social media, from interpersonal communication to the role of social media in culture and society. It draws from longstanding theories in communication, and marketing, but also includes a number of contemporary case examples, journalism, sociology, making it a foundational text in the area.

Each chapter is based on a set of core social science theories and concepts rather than platform-specific frameworks and findings. Oxford university Press USA. It covers not only cultural issues like online identity and community, but also tackles more analytical topics like social media measurement, network analysis, and social media economics at an introductory level.

Rather than providing the final word or predictions, it aims to open a well-structured, well-grounded conversation about media transition and its effects. Filling the need for a standard academic text in the field, Social Media: Enduring Principles summarizes both foundational and state-of-the-art research and also presents a coherent framework for future research.

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The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism Forerunners: Ideas First

Sage publications Inc. Yet supporters of bitcoin and its blockchain technology subscribe to a form of cyberlibertarianism that depends to a surprising extent on far-right political thought. Written between fresh ideas and finished books, Forerunners draws on scholarly work initiated in notable blogs, journal articles, conference plenaries, social media, and the synergy of academic exchange.

Hayek, and ludwig von Mises to Federal Reserve conspiracy theorists. Forerunners: ideas First is a thought-in-process series of breakthrough digital publications. This is gray literature publishing: where intense thinking, change, and speculation take place in scholarship. Oxford university Press USA. Since its introduction in 2009, Bitcoin has been widely promoted as a digital currency that will revolutionize everything from online commerce to the nation-state.

Sage publications Ltd. The politics of bitcoin exposes how much of the economic and political thought on which this cryptocurrency is based emerges from ideas that travel the gamut, from Milton Friedman, F. A.

Media/Society: Technology, Industries, Content, and Users

Now featuring streamlined content and a more engaging narrative, the role of user-generated content, this edition offers expanded discussions of the "new media" world, including digitization, the internet, the spread of mobile media devices, the potential social impact of new media on society, and new media’s effect on traditional media outlets Sage publications Inc.

Providing a framework for understanding the relationship between media and society, this updated Sixth Edition of Media/Society helps you develop the skills you need to critically evaluate both conventional wisdom and your own assumptions about the social role of the media. Sage publications Ltd. Oxford university Press USA.

Authors david croteau and william hoynes retain the book’s basic sociological framework but now include additional discussions of new studies and up-to-date material on today’s rapidly changing media landscape.