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Inge Baxmann (ed.), Timon Beyes (ed.), ...: Social Media—New Masses

Inge Baxmann (ed.), Timon Beyes (ed.), Claus Pias (ed.)

Social Media—New Masses

Softcover, 348 pages

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Mass gatherings and the positive or negative phantasms of the masses instigate various discourses and practices of social control, communication, and community formation. Yet the masses are not what they once were. In light of the algorithmic analysis of mass data, the diagnosis of dispersed public spheres in the age of digital media, and new conceptions of the masses such as swarms, flash mobs, and multitudes, the emergence, functions, and effects of today’s digital masses need to be examined and discussed anew. They provide us, moreover, with an opportunity to reevaluate the cultural and medial historiography of the masses. The present volume outlines the contours of this new field of research and brings together a collection of studies that analyze the differences between the new and former masses, their distinct media-technical conditions, and the political consequences of current mass phenomena.

  • social movements
  • social networks

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Inge Baxmann

is a professor of theatre studies at the University of Leipzig. She is a member of the editorial board for the journal Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft. She has been an associate director at the Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris and a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. The primary concerns of her research are modern concepts and staging of national and transnational communities in Europe and Latin America and a historiography of bodily knowledge and media technologies from modernity to the present.
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Timon Beyes

is Professor of Sociology of Organization and Culture at Leuphana University Lüneburg and a director at its Centre for Digital Cultures, and holds a fractional professorship at Copenhagen Business School. His research focuses on the spaces, technologies and aesthetics of organization in the fields of media culture, art, cities and higher education. Recent publications include The Oxford Handbook of Media, Technology and Organization Studies (2020, with Robin Holt and Claus Pias), Organize (2019, with Lisa Conrad and Reinhold Martin), ‘The medie arcane’ (in Grey Room 75, 2019, with Claus Pias).
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Claus Pias

is Professor for History and Epistemology of Media at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM) at Leuphana University Lueneburg, where he is also director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS), the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) and the Digital Cultures Research Lab (DCRL). Main areas of interest are the media history and epistemology of computer simulations, the history of media studies, and the history and epistemology of cybernetics.
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