This book colloquium will discuss the recently published book Social Media: A Critical Introduction, which navigates the controversies and contradictions of the complex digital media landscape. The discussion will include experts Professor Denis Galligan, Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Iginio Gagliardone, Dr Jacob Rowbottom and Dr Monika Magyar, as well as the author of the book Christian Fuchs, Professor of Social Media at Westminster University.
Exploring the role of social media in contemporary popular movements including the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, and drawing on theorists including Marx, Weber, Habermas, and Durkheim, this discussion asks:
· Is Google good or evil?
· Is Facebook a surveillance threat to privacy?
· Does Twitter enhance democracy?
· What did WikiLeaks reveal about political accountability, the transparency of power, and new forms of cultural censorship?