Digital Humanism

Digital Humanism: A Philosophy for 21st Century Digital Society

By Christian Fuchs

Our contemporary global digital society is not always a good place to live. Authoritarianism, hatred, false news, post-truth culture, the COVID-19 anti-vaccination movement, COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and political polarisation are organised via the Internet. The public sphere is highly polarised. Today, many humans tend to think of other humans mainly in terms of friends and enemies. Robots and Artificial Intelligence-based automation have created new challenges for the world of work. Decades of neoliberalism have increased inequalities. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the vulnerability of humanity to viruses and health crises.

Humanity and society are in a major crisis and digitalisation mediates this crisis. Digital Humanism explores how Humanism can help us to critically understand how digital technologies shape society and humanity, providing an introduction to Humanism in the digital age. Fuchs introduces the approach of Digital Humanism and outlines foundations of a Radical Digital Humanism, analysing what decolonisation of academia and the study of the digital, media and communication means; what the roles are of robots, automation, and Artificial Intelligence in digital capitalism, and how the communication of death and dying has been mediated by digital technologies, capitalist necropower, and digital capitalism. In order to save humanity and society, we need Radical Digital Humanism now.


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. What is Humanism?
Chapter 3. What is Digital Humanism?
Chapter 4. Decolonising Academia: A Radical Humanist Perspective
Chapter 5. Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Digital Capitalism
Chapter 6. Policy Discourses on Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the EU, the USA, and China
Chapter 7. Necropower, Death, and Digital Communication in Covid-19 Capitalism
Chapter 8. Conclusion 

Christian Fuchs is the Chair Professor of Media Systems and Media Organisation at Paderborn University’s Department of Media Studies, and a member of IAMCR.

The above text is from the publisher’s description of the book:

Title: Digital Humanism: A Philosophy for 21st Century Digital Society
Author: Christian Fuchs
Published: 2022
Pages: 308
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited

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