Networks without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media

3.6 avg rating
( 62 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780745649689: Networks without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

With the vast majority of Facebook users caught in a frenzy of ‘friending’, ‘liking’ and ‘commenting’, at what point do we pause to grasp the consequences of our info–saturated lives? What compels us to engage so diligently with social networking systems? Networks Without a Cause examines our collective obsession with identity and self–management coupled with the fragmentation and information overload endemic to contemporary online culture.

With a dearth of theory on the social and cultural ramifications of hugely popular online services, Lovink provides a path–breaking critical analysis of our over–hyped, networked world with case studies on search engines, online video, blogging, digital radio, media activism and the Wikileaks saga. This book offers a powerful message to media practitioners and theorists: let us collectively unleash our critical capacities to influence technology design and workspaces, otherwise we will disappear into the cloud. Probing but never pessimistic, Lovink draws from his long history in media research to offer a critique of the political structures and conceptual powers embedded in the technologies that shape our daily lives.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Product Description:

This book is a cutting-edge critical analysis of our contemporary networked world. Why are so many people so obsessed with social network sites like Facebook? Lovink dissects our collective obsession with identity and self-management together with the fragmentation and information overload endemic to contemporary online culture.

Review:

"Geert Lovink is one of the most brilliant and original theorists around today ... This is a highly engaging book, packed thick with arguments ... Every word Lovink writes elicits a response."
The Huffington Post

"This book offers a number of strong points which help to regain focus on establishing and nurturing much–needed alternative networks."
Neural

"Makes a unique contribution by effectively capturing the technological specificities of Web 2.0 amidst the larger issues of technocapitalism, while not erasing possibilities for organization and change."
Mobile Media and Communication

"Geert Lovink is our Tin Tin. Like that canny adventurer, he travels the world discovering new frontiers of both folly and invention. In place of Tin Tin′s trusty dog Snowy, he takes with him a quick wit and independent mind. He has a detective′s eye for the real story behind the bright assurances of twenty–first–century networked culture."
McKenzie Wark, Professor of Culture and Media, The New School, and author of Gamer Theory

"This book proposes a new kind of memory for the computer: counter–memory, revisiting recent pasts, deep presents and near–miss futures, always challenging us to ask of, and to invent, the nature of networks."
Matthew Fuller, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780745649672: Networks Without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  074564967X ISBN 13:  9780745649672
Publisher: Polity Press, 2012
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Geert Lovink
Published by Polity Press, United Kingdom (2012)
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Polity Press, United Kingdom, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. With the vast majority of Facebook users caught in a frenzy of friending , liking and commenting , at what point do we pause to grasp the consequences of our info-saturated lives? What compels us to engage so diligently with social networking systems? Networks Without a Cause examines our collective obsession with identity and self-management coupled with the fragmentation and information overload endemic to contemporary online culture. With a dearth of theory on the social and cultural ramifications of hugely popular online services, Lovink provides a path-breaking critical analysis of our over-hyped, networked world with case studies on search engines, online video, blogging, digital radio, media activism and the Wikileaks saga. This book offers a powerful message to media practitioners and theorists: let us collectively unleash our critical capacities to influence technology design and workspaces, otherwise we will disappear into the cloud. Probing but never pessimistic, Lovink draws from his long history in media research to offer a critique of the political structures and conceptual powers embedded in the technologies that shape our daily lives. Seller Inventory # AAV9780745649689

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
18.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Geert Lovink
Published by Polity Press, United Kingdom (2012)
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Polity Press, United Kingdom, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. With the vast majority of Facebook users caught in a frenzy of friending , liking and commenting , at what point do we pause to grasp the consequences of our info-saturated lives? What compels us to engage so diligently with social networking systems? Networks Without a Cause examines our collective obsession with identity and self-management coupled with the fragmentation and information overload endemic to contemporary online culture. With a dearth of theory on the social and cultural ramifications of hugely popular online services, Lovink provides a path-breaking critical analysis of our over-hyped, networked world with case studies on search engines, online video, blogging, digital radio, media activism and the Wikileaks saga. This book offers a powerful message to media practitioners and theorists: let us collectively unleash our critical capacities to influence technology design and workspaces, otherwise we will disappear into the cloud. Probing but never pessimistic, Lovink draws from his long history in media research to offer a critique of the political structures and conceptual powers embedded in the technologies that shape our daily lives. Seller Inventory # AAV9780745649689

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
23.35
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Lovink, Geert
Published by Polity (2012)
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Polity, 2012. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0745649688_abe_bn

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
26.61
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Geert Lovink
Published by Polity Press 2012-02-21 (2012)
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)

Book Description Polity Press 2012-02-21, 2012. Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 4-5 working days from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Seller Inventory # NU-LBR-01033869

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
17.68
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 9.32
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Geert Lovink
Published by Polity (2012)
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Polity, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0745649688

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
28.80
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Lovink, Geert
Published by Polity Pr (2012)
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)

Book Description Polity Pr, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 220 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.70 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __0745649688

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
23.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Geert Lovink
Published by Polity (2012)
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description Polity, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0745649688

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
27.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.78
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Lovink, Geert
Published by Polity
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Polity. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0745649688 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW33.1634927

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
32.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Lovink, Geert
Published by Polity
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)

Book Description Polity. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0745649688 Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9780745649689

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
31.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.54
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Lovink, Geert
Published by Polity Pr (2012)
ISBN 10: 0745649688 ISBN 13: 9780745649689
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)

Book Description Polity Pr, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 220 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.70 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # x-0745649688

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
31.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book