Events

On May 28, the 2019 COMPASS Cohort will meet to kick off the summer session, taught by Professor Christopher Ali of the University of Virginia. Read about the 2019 Fellows here.

Research

On-demand service platforms (e.g., Uber, Lyft, Postmates and Caviar) recruit workers by promising on-the-job flexibility. Flexibility, however, is equally important to the firm: it justifies their classification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees. This designation has obvious financial benefits for companies, but it also introduces new challenges when workers’ decisions run counter to the firm’s needs. On-demand firms thus develop covert strategies to influence workers’ decision-making such that their choices conform to company interests.

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News

MIC has received a Philadelphia News Ecosystem Collaboration Grant from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Read more here.

MIC Co-Directors Victor Pickard and Todd Wolfson pen new essay in Media Theory discussing Edward S. Herman’s antifascist intellectual roots, his media criticism and his activism in Philadelphia.

Radical Interventions: Ed Herman’s Intellectual Roots and Activism within the Political Economic Tradition

MIC Co-Director Victor Pickard and Annenberg PhD Candidate Pawel Popiel author a new report for the Benton Foundation on FCC Commissioner Michael Copps and his ‘Media Democracy Agenda.’ Read the piece here, with foreword by former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

The Media Democracy Agenda: The Strategy and Legacy of FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps

New Article out! Read: The Strange Life and Death of the Fairness Doctrine: Tracing the Decline of Positive Freedoms in American Policy Discourse, a new article by MIC Co-Director Victor Pickard in the International Journal of Communication.

Dr. Victor Pickard pens article in The Nation, calling for a new social contract with Internet giants like Facebook and a broader, bolder vision for what Facebook owes society in return for the incredible power it’s been allowed to accumulate. Read it here.