Dr Adam Fish


Research Overview

As a cultural anthropologist, I use ethnographic methods to investigate how media technology and political power interconnect. I examine digital industries—such as social media firms--that exercise their powers of persuasion and digital activists who challenge those powers—such as hacktivists.

Much of my research focuses on the industry and activism surrounding digital video, of which I am both a critic and practitioner. My documentaries--on issues as varied as the lives of refugees from Bhutan and hacktivists in Britain--have been screened internationally on television networks and in film festivals. My scholarship on the politics of internet video is resulting in the 2016 book, Technoliberalism (Palgrave Macmillan).

I have expanded my focus to encompass information infrastructure—such as data centres in Iceland where I conduct fieldwork--which is a key site for the generation as well as the resistance to political power. My most recent work on the politics of hacktivism and information infrastructure is complete and will be appearing in 2016 as the co-authored book, After the Internet (Polity).

Before joining academia, I was a federal and tribal archaeologist for ten years working to preserve the cultural heritage of Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.

Technoliberalism and the end of participatory culture in the United States
Fish, A.R. 28/09/2016 Palgrave Macmillan. 280 p. ISBN: 9783319312553. Electronic ISBN: 9783319312552.

Mirroring the videos of Anonymous: cloud activism, living networks, and political mimesis
Fish, A.R. 18/01/2016 In: The Fibreculture Journal. 26, 191, p. 85-107. 23 p.
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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. 21/05/2015 In: Social Computing and Social Media. Cham : Springer p. 229-241. 13 p.

Edgework, state power, and hacktivists
Fish, A., Follis, L. 2015 In: Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 5, 2, p. 383-390. 8 p.
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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.

Deploying, innovating, and disrupting—designing digital infrastructures for alternative financial systems: digital intermediary exchange ‘toolkit’
Perry, M., McKnight, J.C., Ferreira, J., Fish, A.R. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 40 p.
Commissioned report

Interpreting infrastructure: defining user value for digital financial intermediaries
Ferreira, J., McKnight, J.C., Fish, A.R., Perry, M. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 29 p.
Commissioned report

Managing digital intermediaries: socio-digital analysis of the design of internet-based social, peer-to-peer financial services
McKnight, J.C., Ferreira, J., Perry, M., Fish, A.R. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 8 p.
Commissioned report

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 design of digital intermediaries
Ferreira, J., McKnight, J.C., Fish, A.R., Perry, M., Subramanian, S. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 21 p.
Commissioned report

Putting the ‘digital’ in Digital Intermediaries: the role of technical infrastructure in building business models
McKnight, J.C., Ferreira, J., Perry, M., Fish, A.R. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 21 p.
Commissioned report

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.