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Our society faces a critical juncture. On one hand, we are in a moment of rapid technological advancement that creates greater communication, information sharing, and numerous democratic possibilities. On the other hand, we see a collapsing commercial model for journalism, monopolistic platforms that spread misinformation with little accountability, more economic insecurity, and a debased political process.
Recognizing these potentials and perils, MIC is launching with a two day, multidisciplinary conference that gathers scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and activists focused on understanding this conjuncture from structural and historical perspectives, while also offering viable strategies for social change.
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.
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.
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.
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.