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[liberationtech] C. Fuchs: Reading Marx in the Information Age: A Media and Communication Studies Perspective on Capital Volume 1.

Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs at
Wed Nov 18 09:10:57 PST 2015

Fuchs, Christian. 2016. Reading Marx in the Information Age: A Media and 
Communication Studies Perspective on Capital Volume 1. New York: 
Routledge. ISBN 9781138948563 (paperback), ISBN 9781138948556 
(hardback). 416 pages.

Book page:

Critical media theorist Christian Fuchs provides a thorough, 
chapter-by-chapter introduction to Capital Volume 1 that assists readers 
in making sense of Karl Marx’s most important and groundbreaking work in 
the information age, exploring Marx’s key concepts through the lens of 
media and communication studies via contemporary phenomena like the 
Internet, digital labour, social media, the media industries, and 
digital class struggles. Through a range of international, current-day 
examples, Fuchs emphasises the continued importance of Marx and his work 
in a time when transnational media companies like Amazon, Google, and 
Facebook play an increasingly important role in global capitalism. 
Discussion questions and exercises at the end of each chapter help 
readers to further apply Marx’s work to a modern-day context.

The book is especially suited as accompanying literature for existing 
reading groups, new reading groups and individual readers of Marx’s 
“Capital”. It provides a general introduction for each chapter as well 
as connections to media and communications topics. The chapters can be 
read all together in combination with Marx’s book, but are also written 
in a way that they can be used in modules and reading groups as 
companions to single chapters in Marx’s “Capital”. At the end of each 
chapter, there are multiple exercises that allow readers a practical 
understanding of Marx.

Sample chapters:
Appendix 2: Knowledge, Technology, and the General Intellect in the 
Grundrisse and its Fragment on Machines:

Review copies:
Email review.copy at with:
The title of the book you’d like to review.
Information on the publication in which the review will appear.
Your contact information.

Call for contributions to two panels about media and communications at 
the conference “Marx 2016”:

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