CfP Critical Perspectives on Digital Capitalism: Theories and Praxis
Special Issue of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism &
Edited by Thomas Allmer, Sevda Can Arslan, and Christian Fuchs
(Media Systems and Media Organisation Research Group, Paderborn University)
Submission deadline: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Please submit abstracts of 250-600 words by e-mailing the completed
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This special issue presents critical perspectives on digital capitalism.
Its contributions show how we can best critically theorise digital
capitalism and what forms of political praxis exist and are needed in
social struggles that stand in the context of digital capitalism.
The issue will feature contributions by Jodi Dean, Christian Fuchs,
Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri, and Sabine Pfeiffer.
Facebook and Google exploit our digital labour. That's digital
capitalism. In late 2022 and early 2023, Google laid off 12,000
employees, Microsoft 10,000, Twitter more than 10,000, Amazon 18,000,
and Facebook 11,000. That's digital capitalism. Algorithms are used by
corporations for socially sorting and discriminating against customers
who struggle to make ends meet and live in deprived neighbourhoods.
That's digital capitalism. Lots of clickwork is conducted by poorly paid
women in the Global South. That's digital capitalism. Digital fascism,
fake news, post-truth culture and algorithmic politics circulate on
capitalist and state-capitalist Internet platforms. That's digital
capitalism. Information war and echo chambers polarise the digital
public sphere, making a new World War between imperialist powers that
compete at the global level for the control of territory, economic power
and political as well as ideological hegemony and the nuclear
annihilation of humankind and life on Earth more likely. That's digital
Recently, digital workers assembling iPhones protested against the poor
working conditions they faced at Foxconn in Zhengzhou during the
COVID-19 pandemic. That's a praxis that challenges digital capitalism.
In 2021, warehouse workers founded the Amazon Labor Union. That's a
praxis that challenges digital capitalism. The non-profit federated
Internet platform Mastodon has become a viable digital alternative in
the light of users' discontent with Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter.
That's a praxis that challenges digital capitalism. Internet experts and
users have co-written the Public Service Media and Public Service
Internet Manifesto that demands turning the Internet into a public good
and advancing digital democracy. That's a praxis that challenges digital
capitalism. While fascists spread post-truth on social media, the
progressive news hour Democracy Now! has since 1996 utilised the
non-commercial Internet, Public Service Media, as well as community
radio and television stations for broadcasting a high-quality,
independent news programme that reaches millions of viewers and
questions fake news. That's a praxis that challenges digital capitalism.
Digital capitalism matters. Digital capitalism shapes our lives. Digital
capitalism needs to be better understood. We need critical theories of
digital capitalism. We need to better understand praxes that challenge
digital capitalism and aim at fostering digital democracy and digital
socialism. tripleC's special issue on "Critical Perspectives on Digital
Capitalism: Theories and Praxis" wants to contribute to establishing
foundations of critical theories and the philosophy of praxis in the
light of digital capitalism.
We invite contributions that engage with theoretical and praxeological