Social Media: A Critical Introduction | University of Oxford

Social Media: A Critical Introduction

Speaker
Christian Fuchs
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 19:30
Venue
FLJS
Wolfson College
Linton Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6UD
Venue details

Haldane Room

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
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?