Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism by Christian Fuchs

By Christian Fuchs

More than a hundred thirty years after Marx’s loss of life, capitalism is still haunted by means of crises, every one bringing renewed cognizance to his works.
This quantity provides 18 contributions that express how Marx’s analyses of capitalism, the commodity, category, labour, exploitation, surplus-value, dialectics, crises, ideology, classification struggles, and communism support us to appreciate media, cultural and communications in twenty first century informational-capitalism.

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Adorno stressed that Popper’s ideal of value-free academia is shaped by the bourgeois concept of value as exchange Towards Marxian Internet Studies 31 value (Adorno 1962, 560). He said that positivism is only oriented on appearance, whereas critical theory stresses the difference between essence and appearance (Adorno 1969, 291). He pointed out that Popper’s notion of critique is subjective and cognitive (Adorno 1969, 304). There is a fundamental difference between epistemological critique (Popper) and the critique of society (Adorno).

Fuchs defines Critical Internet Theory/Studies and the Critique of the PolitiÂ�cal Economy of the Internet as an approach that engages in “identifying and analysing antagonisms in the relationship of the Internet and society; it shows how the Internet is shaped and shapes the colliding forces of competition and cooperation; it is oriented towards showing how domination and exploitation are structured and structuring the Internet and on how class formation and potential class struggles are technologically mediated; it identifies Internetsupported, not yet realized potentials of societal development and radically questions structures that restrain human and societal potentials for cooperation, self-determination, participation, happiness and self-Â�management” (Fuchs 2009b, 75).

Although a persistent refrain is “Marx is dead, long live capitalism”, Marx is coming back again today. There are especially six aspects of Marx’s works that are relevant for the analysis of contemporary capitalism: • The globalization of capitalism that is seen as an important characteristic of contemporary society by many social theorists is an important aspect in the works of Marx and Engels (for example: Callinicos 2003). Connected to this topic is also the Marxian theme of international solidarity as form of resistance that seems to be practiced today by the altermondialiste movement.

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