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17:30 to 19:00
End date
09 October 2014
Haldane Room, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD
Thursday, 9 October 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Social Media: A Critical Introduction

Book Colloquium

Christian FuchsProfessor 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?


Christian FuchsProfessor of Social Media, Westminster University
Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
Bernie Hogan, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
Iginio Gagliardone, British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Jacob Rowbottom, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford  
Mónika Magyar, Media Lawyer, Budapest, Hungary 


60 seconds with Christian Fuchs
Dialectical thinking in the end compels us to think about what world we want to live in, what media we want to have and if it’s worth engaging in a struggle for realizing and making a difference.


Praise for Social Media: A Critical Introduction

Until now, philosophical contributions to understanding the newer media have been trivially apolitical. Finally, in the assured hands of Christian Fuchs, readers have a brilliant introduction to the field that is as astute as it is engaged.
– Toby Miller, Professor of Media & Cultural Studies, University of California
Christian Fuchs has turned his considerable talents to that rarest of academic creations: a truly, unabashedly critical textbook on a timely and important topic for contemporary media studies.
– Mark Andrejevic, University of Queensland