Christian Fuchs, Professor of Social Media at Westminster University, leads 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?