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Gadget Consciousness: Collective Thought, Will and Action in the Age of Social Media

May 04, 2020

In this groundbreaking study, Joss Hands explores the new political and social forces that are emerging in the age of social media. Gadget Consciousness examines the transformation of our consciousness as a historical political force in two senses: as individual consciousness - in terms of sentience and will - and also as class consciousness. Today, the ubiquity of networked gadgets offers exciting new opportunities for social and political change, but also significant dangers of alienation and stupefaction.

Joss Hands teaches Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University. He specializes in politics and new media and has recently been fascinated by the impact of technology on collective action and consciousness.

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