Critical Theory of Communication in the Internet Age

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  • Book: Fuchs, Christian. 2016. Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the

Internet. London: University of Westminster Press. Critical Digital and Social Media Studies Book Series, Volume 1.

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"This book contributes to the foundations of a critical theory of communication as shaped by the forces of digital capitalism. 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."

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