The digital economy

Jordan, Tim (2020) The digital economy. Polity Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781509517558

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Boasting trillion-dollar companies, the digital economy profits from our emotions, our relationships with each other, and the ways we interact with the world.

In this timely book, Tim Jordan deftly explores the workings of the digital economy. He discusses the significance of its activities and practices in order to outline important concepts, theories and policy questions. Through a variety of in-depth case studies, he examines the areas of search, social media, service providers, free economic activity and digital gaming. The platforms and games discussed include Google, Baidu, Uber, Bitcoin, Wikipedia, Fortnight and World of Warcraft. Jordan argues that the digital economy is not concerned primarily with selling products, but relies instead on creating communities that can be read by software and algorithms. Profit is then extracted through targeted advertising, subscriptions, misleading ‘purchases’, and service relations.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: digital economy, surveillance capitalism, platform, digital culture
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Humanities Lab
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Timothy Jordan
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2019 16:50
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 11:16
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