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Critical Theory of Communication

Critical Theory of Communication

230pp / 14,8 x 21 cm
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This book contributes to the foundations of a critical theory of communication as shaped by the forces of digital capitalism. One of the world's leading theorists of digital media Professor Christian Fuchs explores how the thought of some of the Frankfurt School’s key thinkers can be deployed for critically understanding media in the age of the Internet. Five essays that form the heart of this book review aspects of the works of Georg Lukács, Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Axel Honneth and Jürgen Habermas and apply them as elements of a critical theory of communication's foundations. The approach taken starts from Georg Lukács Ontology of Social Being, draws on the work of the Frankfurt School thinkers, and sets them into dialogue with the Cultural Materialism of Raymond Williams.
Critical Theory of Communication offers a vital set of new insights on how communication operates in the age of information, digital media and social media, arguing that we need to transcend the communication theory of Habermas by establishing a dialectical and cultural-materialist critical theory of communication.

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Christian Fuchs is the Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and the Communication and Media Research Institute. He is editor of the journal triple C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique and a member of the European Sociological Association's Executive Committee. His elds of work are critical theory of society; critical digital media studies; information, media, communication and society.