About Me

mejias2015-05I am an associate professor in the Communication Studies department at SUNY Oswego, and the director of the Institute for Global Engagement.

My research interests include critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy of technology, communication as social science, and political economy of digital media.

My new book, co-authored with Nick Couldry, is The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism. It is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in August 2019. My previous book, Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World (2013), was published by University of Minnesota Press. Find out more.

Latest News

  • Lu Xu writes in his Feb 2019 review of Off the Network for Fudan University’s Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences: “Especially in recent years, privatized online applications and platforms are penetrating and regulating individual’s life. WeChat, Xiami Music Player, Keep, Kuaishou, etc., are defining who we are and our sociality… While network logic is increasingly promoted and adopted in China in an optimistic tone, the critical interpretations from Mejias could serve as a reminder of rethinking and even unthinking such aggressive logic.”
  • On December 4, 2018, I participated in two events at the Big Data from the South workshop: the lecture “Can Data be Decolonized? Data Relations and the Emerging Social Order of Capitalism” with Nick Couldry, and the public panel “Big Data from the South: Decolonization, Resistance and Creativity” with Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Nick Couldry (London School of Economics) and Merlyna Lim (Carleton University). The workshop took place at the University of Amsterdam and was organized by Stefania Milan and Emiliano Trere.
  • Chris Richardson, of the This is Not a Pipe Podcast, published an interview with me about Off the Network.
  • The article Nick Couldry and I published in the journal Television and New Media: “Data Colonialism: Rethinking Big Data’s Relation to the Contemporary Subject” is now the most popular piece ever published by the journal, and is in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
  • The prototype for Algorithm Observatory is now open for testing. Part media literacy project and part citizen science experiment, this tool can help us understand how algorithms categorize us. The general public is invited to test the prototype.
  • Two concepts I developed, nodocentrism and paranodality, are now part of the Oxford Dictionary of Social Media (edited by Daniel Chandler and Rod Munday — behind a paywall).
  • Humanities New York, an NEH partner, elected me to their Board of Directors.

 

Work in Progress

Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. (forthcoming in 2019). The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism. Stanford University Press.
Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. (in press). Consumption as Production: Data and the Reproduction of Capitalist Relations. In F. Wherry and I. Woodward (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Consumption. Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications

Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. (2018). Data Colonialism: Rethinking Big Data’s Relation to the Contemporary Subject. Television & New Media (SAGE Journals).available online
Mejias, U. and Vokuev, N. (2017). Disinformation and the Media: The case of Russia and Ukraine. Media, Culture and Society (SAGE Journals).available online
book cover Mejias, U. (2013). Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World. University of Minnesota Press. available online
Translations of Off the Network:
ccdMejias, U. (2017). Desmantelando la Red. Revista 404. Ciudad de Mexico: Centro de Cultura Digital. [SPANISH - abridged version]available online
nowemediaMejias, U. (2014). Odmapowując sieć. In P. Celiński (ed.) Nowe media = nowa partycypacja. Lublin, Poland: Instytut Kultury Cyfrowej. [POLISH - abridged version]available online
fibrecultureMejias, U. (2012). Liberation Technology and the Arab Spring: From Utopia to Atopia and Beyond. Fibreculture, Special Issue on Networked Utopias and Speculative Futures. http://twenty.fibreculturejournal.org/2012/06/20/fcj-147-liberation-technology-and-the-arab-spring-from-utopia-to-atopia-and-beyond/available online
activist-artClark, P., Mejias, U., Cavana, P., Herson, D., and Strong, S. M. (2011). Interactive Social Media and the Art of Telling Stories: Strategies for Social Justice Through Osw3go.net 2010: Racism on Campus. In B. Beyerbach and R. D. Davis (eds.) Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
learningdigitalmediaMejias, U. (2011). How I Used Wikis to Get My Students to Do Their Readings. In T. Scholz (ed.) Learning Through Digital Media: Essays on Technology and Pedagogy. Institute for Distributed Creativity. http://tinyurl.com/3mjfmwd available online
progressivelibrarianMejias, U. (2011). Towards a Critique of Digital Networks for Learning. Progressive Librarian, 34/35, 46-49.available online
ijlmMejias, U. (2011). The Twitter Revolution Must Die. International Journal of Learning and Media, (2) 4. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/ijlm_a_00060
p2pcover-engMejias, U. (2010). Peerless: The Ethics of P2P Network Disassembly. 4th Inclusiva.net Meeting: P2P Networks and Processes, Madrid, 6-10 July 2009, pp. 56-66, Madrid: Medialab Prado & Área de las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid. (Spanish and English)available online
newmediaandsocietyMejias, U. (2010). The Limits of Networks as Models for Organizing the Social. New Media & Society, (12) 4, 603-617.
afterimageMejias, U. (2010). “Playbor” on the Internet. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, (37) 4 (January/February 2010), p. 2.
firstmondayMejias, U. (2005). Re–approaching Nearness: Online Communication and its Place in Praxis. First Monday, (10) 3. http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1213/1133available online
Critical-Studies-in-Media-CommunicationMejias, U. (2001). Sustainable Communicational Realities in the Age of Virtuality. Critical Studies in Media Communication, (18) 2, 211-228.

Contact Info

ulises DOT mejias AT oswego DOT edu

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