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Networks Without a Cause. A Critique of Social Media. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2326821
  • Book
  • February 2012
  • 220 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
With the vast majority of Facebook users caught in a frenzy of ‘friending’, ‘liking’ and ‘commenting’, at what point do we pause to grasp the consequences of our info-saturated lives? What compels us to engage so diligently with social networking systems? Networks Without a Cause examines our collective obsession with identity and self-management coupled with the fragmentation and information overload endemic to contemporary online culture.

With a dearth of theory on the social and cultural ramifications of hugely popular online services, Lovink provides a path-breaking critical analysis of our over-hyped, networked world with case studies on search engines, online video, blogging, digital radio, media activism and the Wikileaks saga. This book offers a powerful message to media practitioners and theorists: let us collectively unleash our critical capacities to influence technology design and workspaces, otherwise we will disappear into the cloud. Probing but never pessimistic, Lovink draws from his long history in media research to offer a critique of the political structures and conceptual powers embedded in the technologies that shape our daily lives.
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Introduction: Capturing Web 2.0 Before its
Psychopathology of Information Overload
Facebook, Anonymity and the Crisis of the Multiple Self
Treatise on Comment Culture
Disquisition on Internet Criticism
Media Studies - Diagnostics of a Failed Merger
Society of the Query: The Googlization of our Lives
Online Video Aesthetics or the Art of Watching
Blog Theory after the Hype
Three Blogospheres: Germany, France, Iraq
Radio after Radio: From Pirate to Internet Experiments
Techno-Politics at Wikileaks
Organizing Networks in Culture and Politics
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Geert Lovink University of Amsterdam.
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