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[liberationtech] New open access book: C. Fuchs - Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the Internet.
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Fri Nov 25 09:37:43 PST 2016
Fuchs, Christian. 2016. Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings
of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the
Internet. London: University of Westminster Press. ISBN
978-1-911534-04-4. Critical Digital and Social Media Studies Book
Series, Volume 1.
Watch the introductory talk from the book launch
This book contributes to the foundations of a critical theory of
communication as shaped by the forces of digital capitalism. Christian
Fuchs explores how the thought of some of the Frankfurt School’s key
thinkers can be deployed for critically understanding media in the age
of the Internet. Five essays that form the heart of this book review
aspects of the works of Georg Lukács, Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert
Marcuse, Axel Honneth and Jürgen Habermas and apply them as elements of
a critical theory of communication’s foundations. The approach taken
starts from Georg Lukács' "Ontology of Social Being", draws on the work
of the Frankfurt School thinkers, and sets them into dialogue with the
Cultural Materialism of Raymond Williams.
Critical Theory of Communication offers a vital set of new insights on
how communication operates in the age of information, digital media and
social media, arguing that we need to transcend the communication theory
of Habermas by establishing a dialectical and cultural-materialist
critical theory of communication.
It is the first title in a major new book series ‘Critical Digital and
Social Media Studies’ published by the University of Westminster Press.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of
Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the Internet
2. Georg Lukács as a Communications Scholar: Cultural and Digital Labour
in the Context of Lukács’ Ontology of Social Being
3. Theodor W. Adorno and the Critical Theory of Knowledge
4. Herbert Marcuse and Social Media
5. The Internet, Social Media and Axel Honneth’s Interpretation of Georg
Lukács’ Theory of Reification and Alienation
6. Beyond Habermas: Rethinking Critical Theories of Communication
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