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By Christian Fuchs

In occasions of worldwide capitalist hindrance we're witnessing a go back of critique within the type of a surging curiosity in severe theories (such because the serious political financial system of Karl Marx) and social rebellions as a response to the commodification and instrumentalization of every little thing. On one hand, there are overdrawn claims that social media (Twitter, fb, YouTube, and so forth) have triggered uproars in nations like Tunisia and Egypt. however, the query arises as to what genuine function social media play in modern capitalism, challenge, rebellions, the strengthening of the commons, and the aptitude construction of participatory democracy. The commodification of every little thing has resulted additionally in a commodification of the conversation commons, together with web conversation that's this day principally advertisement in character.

This booklet offers with the questions of what sort of society and how much net are fascinating, how capitalism, energy constructions and social media are attached, how political struggles are hooked up to social media, what present advancements of the web and society let us know approximately strength futures, how another net can appear like, and the way a participatory, commons-based net and a co-operative, participatory, sustainable info society will be completed.

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In situations of crisis, many capitalist businesses go bankrupt, which results in lay-offs. Also in the media industries, the crisis results in large layoffs. com reported 1,850 layoffs at US newspapers in 2012; 4,190 in 2011; 2,920 in 2010; 14,828 in 2009 and 15,993 in 2008. • Times of crisis are also potential times for revolutions, social unrests, rebellions and protests. It is no accident that the Arab spring; major protests in Greece, Spain and Portugal; student protests all over the world; the rise of Occupy movements and other uprisings took place in the course of the crisis.

Social movements are using and confronted with media in various ways. They communicate among themselves, T&F Proofs: Not For Distribution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 Christian Fuchs and Marisol Sandoval with the public and other media report about them. The mentioned movements used various commercial and non-commercial media.

9 per cent in the EU 15 countries, whereas the wage shares simultaneously decreased, which is an indication for successful neoliberal class politics that redistributed income from employees to companies and the rich. 9 per cent in the UK and remained relatively constant in the EU 15 region. 6 per cent in the EU 15. 7 per cent (EU 15). Whereas capital had constantly high growth rates during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, wages stagnated or relatively declined. Neoliberalism increased the wealth of corporations at the expense of labour.

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