Social Media: A Critical Introduction | University of Oxford

Social Media: A Critical Introduction

Christian Fuchs
17:30 - 19:30
FLJS
Wolfson College
Linton Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6UD

Haldane Room

Lectures and seminars
Free
Yes
Recommended

Christian Fuchs, Professor of Social Media at Westminster University, will lead the discussion of his recently published book Social Media: A Critical Introduction, which navigates the controversies and contradictions of the complex digital media landscape.

Exploring the role of social media in contemporary popular movements including the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, and drawing on theorists including Marx, Weber, Habermas, and Durkheim, Professor Fuchs asks:

  • Is Google good or evil?
  • Is Facebook a surveillance threat to privacy?
  • Does Twitter enhance democracy? 
  • What did WikiLeaks reveal about political accountability, the transparency of power, and new forms of cultural censorship?