Fuchs, Christian. 2016. Reading Marx in the Information Age: A Media and
Communication Studies Perspective on Capital Volume 1. New York:
Routledge. ISBN 9781138948563 (paperback), ISBN 9781138948556
(hardback). 416 pages.
Critical media theorist Christian Fuchs provides a thorough,
chapter-by-chapter introduction to Capital Volume 1 that assists readers
in making sense of Karl Marx’s most important and groundbreaking work in
the information age, exploring Marx’s key concepts through the lens of
media and communication studies via contemporary phenomena like the
Internet, digital labour, social media, the media industries, and
digital class struggles. Through a range of international, current-day
examples, Fuchs emphasises the continued importance of Marx and his work
in a time when transnational media companies like Amazon, Google, and
Facebook play an increasingly important role in global capitalism.
Discussion questions and exercises at the end of each chapter help
readers to further apply Marx’s work to a modern-day context.
The book is especially suited as accompanying literature for existing
reading groups, new reading groups and individual readers of Marx’s
“Capital”. It provides a general introduction for each chapter as well
as connections to media and communications topics. The chapters can be
read all together in combination with Marx’s book, but are also written
in a way that they can be used in modules and reading groups as
companions to single chapters in Marx’s “Capital”. At the end of each
chapter, there are multiple exercises that allow readers a practical
understanding of Marx.
Appendix 2: Knowledge, Technology, and the General Intellect in the
Grundrisse and its Fragment on Machines:
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