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Social Media Abyss: Critical Internet Cultures and the Force of Negation

By: Geert Lovink


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Social Media Abyss plunges into the paradoxical condition of the new digital normal versus a lived state of emergency. There is a heightened, post-Snowden awareness; we know we are under surveillance but we click, share, rank and remix with a perverse indifference to technologies of capture and cultures of fear. Despite the incursion into privacy by companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon, social media use continues to be a daily habit with shrinking gadgets now an integral part of our busy lives. We are thrown between addiction anxiety and subliminal, obsessive use. Where does art, culture and criticism venture when the digital vanishes into the background?

Geert Lovink strides into the frenzied social media debate with Social Media Abyss - the fifth volume of his ongoing investigation into critical internet culture. He examines the symbiotic yet problematic relation between networks and social movements, and further develops the notion of organized networks. Lovink doesn't just submit to the empty soul of 24/7 communication but rather provides the reader with radical alternatives.

Selfie culture is one of many Lovink's topics, along with the internet obsession of American writer Jonathan Franzen, the internet in Uganda, the aesthetics of Anonymous and an anatomy of the Bitcoin religion. Will monetization through cybercurrencies and crowdfunding contribute to a redistribution of wealth or further widen the gap between rich and poor? In this age of the free, how a revenue model of the 99% be collectively designed? Welcome back to the Social Question.

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Hardcover
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Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509507757
ISBN10
1509507752
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2016
Publication Dates US:
Jul 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2016


Format
237 x 160 mm
9.30 x 6.30 in
Pages
220 pages
Paperback
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First Edition
ISBN
9781509507764
ISBN10
1509507760
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2016
Publication Dates US:
Jul 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2016



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229 x 153 mm
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Pages
220 pages
Wiley E-Text
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First Edition
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9781509509348
ISBN10
1509509348
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Jul 2016
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Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jul 2016


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
220 pages

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Preparing for Uncommon Departures

1. What is the Social in Social Media?

2. After the Social Media Hype: Dealing with Information Overload

3. A World Beyond Facebook: The Alternative of Unlike Us

4. Hermes on the Hudson: Media Theory After Snowden

5. Internet Revenue ModelsÑA Personal Account

6. The MoneyLab Agenda: After Free Culture

7. For Bitcoin to Live, Bitcoin Must Die

8. Netcore in Uganda: The i-network Community

9. Jonathan Franzen as Symptom: Internet Resentment

10. Urbanizing as a Verb: The Map is not the Tech

11. Expanded Updates: Fragments of Net Criticism

12. Occupy and the Politics of Organized Networks

Notes

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Author Information

Geert Lovink is founder of the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Professor of Media Theory at the European Graduate School.

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