Life is increasingly governed by digital and smart technologies, platforms, big data and algorithms. Challenging our increasing dependence on the digital, this book raises provocative and urgent questions: in a world of compulsory digitality, is there an opt out button? Where, when, how, why and to whom is it available? Answering these questions has become even more relevant since the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the book puts forward the concept of ‘digital disengagement’, explored across six key areas of digitisation: health; citizenship; education; consumer culture; labour; and the environment. As an interdisciplinary piece of work, the book will be useful to any scholar and activist in Digital, Internet and Social Media Studies, Digital Sociology and Social Policy, Digital Health, Media, Popular and Communication Studies, Consumer Culture, and Environment Studies.Book Details
This book explores how festivals and events affect urban places and public spaces, with a particular focus on their role in fostering inclusion. The ‘festivalisation’ of culture, politics and space in cities is often regarded as problematic, but this book examines the positive and negative ways that festivals affect cities by examining festive spaces as contested spaces.
A range of cases from Western Europe are used to explore these issues, including chapters on some of the world’s most significant and contested festival cities: Venice, Edinburgh, London and Barcelona.Book Details
The rise of the Internet is connected to the rise of authoritarianism across the world. As social media dovetails with neoliberalism, psychosocial wounds are provoked and authoritarian reaction is inspired. Yet this new sociality also facilitates new forms of resistance and political mobilisation.Book Details
Cultural China is a unique annual publication for up-to-date, informed, and accessible commentary about Chinese and Sinophone languages, cultural practices, politics and production, and their critical analysis. The articles in this Review speak to the turbulent year that was 2020.Book Details
This book offers critical interrogations of AI and its impact in order to offer analysis of what ‘AI for Everyone’ might mean. It is structured in three parts: ‘AI: Humans vs. Machines’, ‘Discourses and Myths About AI’ and ‘AI Power and Inequalities’. Bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines this book offers a vital intervention on one of the most hyped concepts of our times.Book Details
This book presents the collectively authored Public Service Media and Public Service Internet Manifesto. With it are materials that informed its creation: the results of Christian Fuchs’s Public Service Media/Internet Survey, Graham Murdock’s verdict on public service media today and a summary of an ecomitee.com discussion of the Manifesto’s foundations.
The Manifesto can be signed by visiting http://bit.ly/signPSManifestoBook Details
Covid-19 highlighted limitations in our democratic politics, but also lessons for how to deepen participation and deliberation to better respond to future crises. In this book, activists, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and writers offer insights into this more democratic world.Book Details
Anthropocene Islands explores how islands have become icons of the Anthropocene and island ways of working key to unlocking alternative approaches to knowledge, critique and policymaking. It presents a range of analytical frameworks and sets out a new agenda for engaging islands today.Book Details
This volume analyses whether media/news literacy focused on identifying misinformation are present in state schools’ curricula in seven sub-Saharan African countries as of June 2020. It assesses changes made to regulations in 11 sub-Saharan Africa (2016-2020) and their impact on media-political debate and in combatting misinformation.Book Details
The Fight Against Platform Capitalism develops a critique of platform capitalism from the perspective of workers and contributes to debates about the future of work, automation and worker organising. As platforms internationalise it presents an alternative portrait focusing on workers’ experience and transnational solidarity.Book Details