Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism


More than 130 years after Karl Marx’s death and 150 years after the publication of his opus magnum Capital: Critique of Political Economy, capitalism keeps being haunted by period crises. The most recent capitalist crisis has brought back attention to Marx’s works. This volume presents 16 contributions that show how Marx’s analyses of capitalism, the commodity, class, labour, work, exploitation, surplus-value, dialectics, crises, ideology, class struggles, and communism, help us to understand the Internet and social media in 21st century digital capitalism. Marx is back! This book is a key resource on the foundations of Marxist Internet and Digital Media Studies.
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Biographical Note

Christian Fuchs is professor at the University of Westminster and editor of the open access online journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. He is author of works such as Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media or Digital Labour and Karl Marx (Routledge, 2015). Vincent Mosco is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University where he was Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society and head of the Department of Sociology. He is author of books such as To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World (Paradigm Publishers, 2014) and The Political Economy of Communication (Sage, 2009).

Table of contents

List of Tables and Figures About the Authors 1. Introduction: Marx is Back – The Importance of Marxist Theory and Research for Critical Communication Studies Today Christian Fuchs and Vincent Mosco 2. Towards Marxian Internet Studies Christian Fuchs 3. Digital Marx: Toward a Political Economy of Distributed Media Andreas Wittel 4. The Relevance of Marx’s Theory of Primitive Accumulation for Media and Communication Research Mattias Ekman 5. The Internet and “Frictionless Capitalism” Jens Schröter 6. Digital Media and Capital’s Logic of Acceleration Vincent R. Manzerolle and Atle Mikkola Kjøsen 7. How Less Alienation Creates More Exploitation? Audience Labour on Social Network Sites Eran Fisher 8. The Network’s Blindspot: Exclusion, Exploitation and Marx’s Process-Relational Ontology Robert Prey 9. 3C: Commodifying Communication in Capitalism Jernej Prodnik 10. The Construction of Platform Imperialism in the Globalisation Era Dal Yong Jin 11. Foxconned Labour as the Dark Side of the Information Age: Working Conditions at Apple’s Contract Manufacturers in China Marisol Sandoval 12. The Pastoral Power of Technology. Rethinking Alienation in Digital Culture Katarina Giritli Nygren and Katarina L Gidlund 13. The Problem of Privacy in Capitalism and Alternative Social Media: The Case of Diaspora* Sebastian Sevignani 14. ‘A Workers’ Inquiry 2.0’: An Ethnographic Method for the Study of Produsage in Social Media Contexts Brian Brown and Anabel Quan-Haase 15. Social Media, Mediation and the Arab Revolutions Miriyam Aouragh 16. Marx in the Cloud Vincent Mosco Index


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