Book Chapters & Readings


Just finished the first draft of the opening chapter of my forthcoming book on media work in a digital age, covering the changing nature of work, life, and play set against Bauman's concept of liquid modernity and an appreciation of the fundamental role media play in liquifying and converging all these aspects of everyday life. If you are interested, and would like to contribute, comment, send feedback and criticism, please e-mail me for a PDF of this draft. The narrative in this first chapter draws from these core texts:

Zygmunt Bauman (2000). Liquid Modernity. Polity Press.
Zygmunt Bauman (2005). Work, Consumerism and the New Poor. 2nd ed. Open University Press.
Zygmunt Bauman (2005). Liquid Life. Polity Press.
Ulrich Beck (2000). The Brave New World of Work. Polity Press.
Martin Carnoy (2000). Sustaining the New Economy: Work, Family, and Community in the Information Age. Harvard University Press.
Richard Sennett (1998). The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism. W.W. Norton.
Richard Sennett (2006). The Culture of the New Capitalism. Yale University Press.

Today I'm starting with chapter two, on the characteristics, culture, trends, and developments of and within media as cultural industries. As a general reference, I take my cues in this chapter from the following key works:

Simon Cottle (ed.) (2003). Media Organisation and Production. Sage.
David Croteau & William Hoynes (2005). The Business of Media: Corporate Media and the Public Interest. 2nd ed. Pine Forge Press.
John Hartley (ed.) (2005). Creative Industries. Blackwell.
David Hesmondhalgh (2002). The Cultural Industries. Sage.
Henry Jenkins (2006). Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Intersect. New York University Press.
Scott Lash & John Urry (1994). Economies of Signs and Space. Sage.
Jeremy Tunstall (ed.) (2001). Media Occupations and Professions. Oxford University Press.