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Christian Fuchs <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:33:04 +0100
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You can win one of 20 copies of Christian Fuchs’ new book “OccupyMedia! 
The Occupy Movement and Social Media in Crisis Capitalism”
by participating in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique’s 
(http://www.triple-c.at) commonist social media contest:

Send tripleC a self-made picture (jpg format) as well as a 500 word 
short text that symbolises and deals with the following two questions:

What’s wrong with capitalism and capitalist social media such as Google, 
Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, etc. ? How would a commonist social media 
world look like?

Send your picture (just one), text (500 words, not more), and postal 
address until Saturday Sep 27 to the tripleC office: [log in to unmask]

The books will be given to the senders of the first 20 submissions 
(submissions affirmative of capitalism and opposed to commonism are 
excluded from winning because they contradict question #1). Only one 
submission per person is possible.

By participating you agree that your picture and text will be published 
together with other submissions in a blog post on 
http://fuchs.uti.at/blog (if you don’t want to have your name mentioned, 
then say so in your submission)

Zero Books will publish the book at the end of October 2014, so the 
winners will be among the first getting to read the book.

About the book:

The Occupy movement has emerged in a historical crisis of global 
capitalism. It struggles for the reappropriation of the commodified 
commons. Communications are part of the commons of society. Yet 
contemporary social media are ridden by an antagonism between private 
corporate control (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and self-managed, 
commons-based activist media. In this work, Christian Fuchs analyses the 
contradictory dialectic of social media in the Occupy movement. Drawing 
on a political economy framework and interpretation of the results of 
the OccupyMedia! Survey, in which more than 400 Occupy activists 
reported on their social media use, OccupyMedia! The Occupy Movement and 
Social Media in Crisis Capitalism shows how activists confront the 
contradictions of capitalism and communication in the age of crisis and 
social media. The book discusses the contradiction between commercial 
and alternative social media and argues that the existence of a 
surveillance-industrial complex expressed in the PRISM system shows the 
urgent necessity to create social media beyond Facebook and Google.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Crisis of Capitalism

2. Protests in Crisis Capitalism

3. Occupy and Digital Media

4. Research Method: The OccuyMedia! Survey

5. Results of the OccupyMedia! Survey
5.1. Analysis of the Respondents’ Demographic Data
5.2. Defining the Occupy Movement
5.3. Occupy and Social Media
5.4. Communicating Activism
5.5. Corporate and Alternative Social Media

6. Interpreting the Data: Social Movement Media
in Crisis Capitalism
6.1. Defining the Occupy Movement
6.2. Occupy and Social Media
6.3. Communicating Activism
6.4. Corporate and Alternative Social Media

7. Alternatives

8.Conclusion: Activism and the Media in a World of Antagonisms