Social media, riots, and revolutions

  • Fuchs C
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Abstract

Abstract This article analyses the mass media’s claims about the role of social media in the 2011 UK riots and the Arab Spring, arguing that social media has become a new fetishism of technology that distracts from the contradictions of capitalism underlying contemporary societal changes and conflicts. Understanding contemporary capitalism, its contradictions and the role of the media requires a dialectical and critical analysis.

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  • Arab Spring
  • Social media
  • UK riots
  • revolution

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  • Christian Fuchs

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