Dr Adam Fish


Research Overview

I am a social anthropologist of digital culture, business, and politics. I investigate the interface of economic and political power, cultural discourses and practices, and networked communication technologies. These interests coalesce into critical and ethnographic investigations into media industries and media activism.

Based on my ethnographic research into media companies in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, I am presently writing a book about the corporate myths of media "democratization" and internet and television convergence.

In my present project I am investigating the politics of information infrastructures through ethnographic fieldwork with cloud computing companies, peer-to-peer banks, and "internet freedom" activists.

Internet parties: the internet as party, policy, platform, and persuasive symbol
Fish, A. 10/2015 In: Civic media project. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

A computational study of how and why reddit.com was an effective platform in the campaign against SOPA
Mills, R., Fish, A. 2015 In: Social Computing and Social Media. Cham : Springer p. 229-241. 13 p.

The moral technical imaginaries of internet convergence in an American television network
Fish, A. 2015 In: Digital labour and prosumer capitalism. London : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9781137473899.

Participations: dialogues on the participatory promise of contemporary culture and politics
Andrejevic, M., Banks, J., Campbell, J.E., Couldry, N., Fish, A., Hearn, A., Ouellette, L. 2014 In: International Journal of Communication. 8, p. 1089–1106. 17 p.
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Participatory television: convergence, crowdsourcing, and neoliberalism
Fish, A. 09/2013 In: Communication, Culture and Critique. 6, 3, p. 372-395. 24 p.
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Digital labor is the new killer app
Fish, A., Srinivasan, R. 02/2012 In: New Media and Society. 14, 1, p. 137-152. 15 p.
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Birds of the internet: a field guide to understanding action, organization, and the governance of participation
Fish, A., Murillo, L., Nguyen, L., Panofsky, A., Kelty, C. 2011 In: Journal of Cultural Economy. 4, 2, p. 157-187. 31 p.
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Film and Archaeology in the Indigenous and Industrial American West
Fish, A. 2011 In: Visual Anthropology. 24, 3, p. 246-265. 20 p.
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Governance of labor in digital video networks
Fish, A. 2011 In: iConference '11 Proceedings of the 2011 iConference. New York : ACM Press p. 466-471. 6 p.

Indigenous Digital Media and the History of the Internet on the Columbia Plateau
Fish, A. 2011 In: Journal of Northwest Anthropology. 45, 1, p. 91-114. 24 p.
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Revolutionary tactics, media ecologies, and repressive regimes
Srinivsan, R., Fish, A. 2011 In: Public Culture. 23, 3, p. 505-510. 6 p.
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Internet Authorship: Social and Political Implications within Kyrgyzstan
Srinivasan, R., Fish, A. 04/2009 In: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 14, 3, p. 559-580. 22 p.
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Sex, media, celebrity: a queer culture of media production
Fish, A. 2007 In: FlowTV. 5, 10
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Television, ecotourism, and the videocamera: performative non-fiction and auto-cinematography
Fish, A. 2007 In: FlowTV. 5, 6
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Indigenous Bodies in Colonial Courts: Anthropological Science and the (Physical) Law of the Remaining Human
Fish, A. 2006 In: Wicazo Sa Review . 21, 1, p. 77-95. 19 p.
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Native American sacred places and the language of capitalism
Fish, A. 2005 In: Future Anterior. 2, 1, p. 40-49. 10 p.
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The women of Afghanistan and the freedom of thought
Fish, A., Popal, R. 2003 In: The psychological impact of war trauma on civilians. Westport, Conn. : Praeger ISBN: 027597202X.