Participation or Exploitation? A Reading Group on Critical Perspectives on Social Media

In conjunction with the Wages for Facebook exhibit and campaign at the Blackwood Gallery (located at the University of Toronto Mississauga), we have organized a five-session reading group that takes a critical look at social media. The reading group is free and open to the public. Please get in touch if you’d like to join Continue reading Participation or Exploitation? A Reading Group on Critical Perspectives on Social Media

Call for papers: Interrogating internships

We are editing a special issue of the journal tripleC on internships. Call for Papers: Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique Interrogating Internships Edited by Nicole S. Cohen (University of Toronto Mississauga), Greig de Peuter (Wilfrid Laurier University), Enda Brophy (Simon Fraser University) When publisher Condé Nast cancelled its internship program in October Continue reading Call for papers: Interrogating internships

Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture

I was excited to receive in the mail my copy of The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture, edited by Matthew P. McAllister and Emily West (Routledge 2013). I have a chapter in the book titled “Commodifying Free Labor Online: Social Media, Audiences, and Advertising” that examines the relationship between, as the title indicates, Continue reading Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture

Interns of the cultural industries, unite!

Greig de Peuter, Enda Brophy and I have published an article in the labour issue of Briarpatch, as part of our collaborative investigation into labour activism in the cultural industries. We are in excellent company: articles in the issue examine “right-to-work” legislation in Saskatchewan, women working in trades in Newfoundland, and the healthcare crisis facing migrant Continue reading Interns of the cultural industries, unite!

Will Work For Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times

I was on the organizing committee for a one-day conference called Will Work For Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times, held at Ryerson University on October 19, sponsored by the Centre for Labour Management Relations. This is how we described the conference: Canada’s cultural sector is booming, yet employment in these industries is increasingly precarious. Continue reading Will Work For Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times