Social media, riots, and revolutions

  title={Social media, riots, and revolutions},
  author={Christian Fuchs},
  journal={Capital \& Class},
  pages={383 - 391}
  • C. Fuchs
  • Published 1 October 2012
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Capital & Class
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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