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Sociology Seminar with Adam Fish

Date: 13 November 2012 Time: 4.15 to 6pm

Venue: FASS MR 3

A chance to hear our newest member of staff talk on 'Silofication and Intersectionality in Cultures of Media, Finance, and Activism'

Tuesday 13 November 2012, 4.15-6pm in the FASS building, Meeting Room 3

This talk reveals the result of anthropological research into a discourse of the media reform movement. The ethnographic case studies come from the American cable television news networks Curr­­ent and Free Speech TV as well as participant observation at the 2011 National Conference for Media Reform, organized by Free Press. Employees within each television network speak of "silophication," "intersectionality," and "partnership". Silophication designates the divisions between communicative groups within specific fields of cultural production, and is divided into both intellectual and structural silophication. The investigation into the divides that separate Current's internet and television divisions reveal mental silophication. The research into Free Speech TV's attempts at partnerships exposes structural silophication. Intersectionality refers to the communicative strategies used to solve the balkanization of silophication. Partnerships are the result of intersectional collaboration. Silophication, intersectionality, and partnership constitute ways of framing and responding to increasing complexity and overcoming the craft specialization in modernity's networked society. Unlike financial regulators, investors, and bankers, however, media reform worker's experience complexity and craft specialization through the intensity of multitasking precarity. These conclusions about precarity situate the observed phenomenon within the rubric of neoliberal information work.

Event website: http://mediacultures.org/


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Adam Fish (Sociology)

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Sociology

Keywords: Activism, communication, Media, Media ethics, Television


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