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New Media and Public Activism: Neoliberalism, the State and Radical Protest in the Public Sphere

New Media and Public Activism: Neoliberalism, the State and Radical Protest in the Public Sphere (Paperback)

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The Arab Spring, chat forums, political leaders tweeting, online petitions, and protestors in the Occupy Movement - new media public spheres have without doubt radically altered social and political activism in society. But to what extent is this new activist public sphere stifled by the neoliberal economy and workfare state? Have we in fact become transformed into subjects of online consumption and orderly surveillance, rather than committed social and political campaigners? In this highly topical book, John Michael Roberts employs a political economy perspective to explore the relationship between financial neoliberal capitalism and digital publics. He assesses the extent to which they provide new forms of radical protest in civil society and offers an indispensable guide to understanding the relationship between the state, new media activism and neoliberal practices.

Computing & ITComputing: generalEthical & social aspects of computingHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policiesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesMedia Studies Publisher: Policy Press Publication Date: 02/09/2014 ISBN-13: 9781447308218  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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John Michael Roberts is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications at Brunel University, London. He has researched and written on the topics of free speech and the public sphere, voluntary activity, philosophy of social science, global political economy and the information society, and management discourse in the workplace.

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