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Discussing Social Media Abyss by Geert Lovink.

Social Media Abyss book cover and graphic by Journalist Jessie Glander.

Geert Lovink’s book Social Media Abyss: Critical Internet Cultures and the Force of Negation was published in 2016 and dives into the concepts of social media, the new digital norm, a Post-Snowden awareness of the internet, as well as the capture cultures of many big social media moguls like Facebook, Google, Amazon and other high grossing socials. Lovink’s book covers a wide range of topics regarding the socials, like the rise and fall of media apps, bitcoin and selfie culture. The book is the fifth one in Lovink’s ongoing investigation into the critical internet culture and where the public stands in using it. Lovink has been writing about the critical internet culture since 2004, he s the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures and had published well over twelve books, some of which had co-authors.

Today Jessie Glander and Nina Knauf discuss the book by Geert Lovink, covering their favorite portions of the book and comparing them to monder social medias and news. The podcast focusing on Chapters one, three and seven and give listens a little insight into the book. Chapter one is entitled, “What is the Social in Social Media?” and covers the meaning of social throughout the book. Chapter three is entitled, “A World Beyond Facebook: The Alternative of Unlike Us.” and covers the growth of socials like Facebook and the need for alternative social medias. The last chapter discussed is Chapter seven and it is entitled, ““For Bitcoin to Live, Bitcoin Must Die” this chapter covers the concepts of bitcoin and the need for alternatives too give the public a better chance to trade and buy. Your hosts encourage you to pick up a copy and read it for yourself.

You can purchase the book on Amazon and most other bookseller sites like Barnes and Noble. Below are a few links to pick up you very own copy of Geert Lovink’s book Social Media Abyss: Critical Internet Cultures and the Force of Negation.



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