Book Launch: “Digital Demagogue: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter”
Book Launch: “Digital Demagogue: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of
Trump and Twitter” by Christian Fuchs
Thursday 1 March 2018
19:00 – 21:00
309 Regent Street
University of Westminster
London W1B 2HW
WIAS, CAMRI and Pluto Press are pleased to invite you to the book launch of
“Digital Demagogue: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and
Twitter” by Professor Christian Fuchs.
Christian Fuchs will be giving an introduction to “Digital Demagogue”, a
timely and topical study of the expressions of ideology, nationalism and
authoritarianism in the age of big data and social media. He will further
discuss the prospects for overcoming capitalism and renewing the Left.
We are all familiar with the ways that Donald Trump uses digital media to
communicate, from the ridiculous to the terrifying. This book digs deeper
into the use of those tools in politics to show how they have facilitated
the rise of authoritarianism, nationalism, and right-wing ideologies around
Christian Fuchs applies an updated Marxist frame, along with insights drawn
from Frankfurt School thinkers counting Franz L. Neumann, Theodor W.
Adorno, Erich Fromm, Herbert Marcuse, Max Horkheimer, Wilhelm Reich, Leo
Löwenthal and Klaus Theweleit, to show the pernicious role of social media
in the hands of nationalist politicians.
Media like Twitter have been used to spread right-wing ideology far and
wide and make it seem like an ordinary part of contemporary political
discourse. Fuchs diagnoses this problem in stark terms, but he does not
stop there: he also lays out ways to fight it and analyses the prospects
for pushing past capitalism and renewing the Left.
Christian Fuchs is Professor at the University of Westminster. He is
Director of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and the
Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS). His fields of expertise
are critical digital & social media studies, Internet & society, political
economy of media and communication, information society theory, social
theory and critical theory. He has published extensively and is co-editor
of the open access journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique.
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