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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Greg Elmer

Media & Culture/ Technology in Practice

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   gelmer@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5282
Office Location   RCC 309
Office Hours   TBA


Education

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biography

Greg Elmer (PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst) is Bell Globemedia Research Chair and Director of the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media at Ryerson University. Greg's research and teaching focus on new media and politics, theories and methods in social media studies, surveillance theory, and media globalization. Greg provides analysis and commentary for the media on the role of new media in Canadian and American politics. In the fall 2008 Greg worked with CBC The National on its internet coverage of the Canadian federal election . The CBC-Infoscape partnership resulted in a Gemini award for best cross platform project (2009). In 2007 Greg joined Ottawa's The Hill Times as a political columnist and blogger.         

Greg serves on the editorial board of New Media & Society, TV & New Media, The Information Society, Space and Culture, Topia, and the American Communication Journal. Greg was previously visiting Faculty Fellow at the Virtual Knowledge Studio (Amsterdam), the National Center for E-Social Science at the University of Manchester, and a Digital Cultural Institutions fellow at the Social Science Research Council in New York City. He was most recently Cultures of the Digital Economy research fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, senior faculty fellow at the London School of Economics, and visiting research professor at Yeungnam University, South Korea.

Research Interests

Media and cultural theory, media surveillance and profiling, Internet studies, computer network analysis, the geo-politics of TV/film industries.

Selected Pulblications

Elmer, Greg; Davis, C.; Marchessault, J. & McCullough, J. (eds.) Locating Migrating Media, (Lexington Press, 2010).
Elmer, Greg & Opel, Andy. (co-authors). Preempting Dissent:  The Politics of an Inevitable Future, (ARP Press, 2008).

Elmer, Greg & Mike Gasher. (eds.). Contracting Out Hollywood: Runaway Productions and Foreign Location Shooting,  (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

Elmer, Greg. Profiling Machines: Mapping the Personal Information Economy, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004).

Elmer, Greg (ed.). (2002). Critical Perspectives on the Internet, (Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).

Elmer, Greg. (2003). "A Diagram of Panoptic Surveillance", New Media & Society, Vol. 5, #2, pp. 231-247.

Elmer, Greg. (2002). "The Trouble with the Canadian Body-Double: Runaway Productions and Foreign Location Shooting", Screen, Vol. 43, # 4, pp. 84-94.

Elmer, Greg. (2002). "Consumption in the Network Age: Solicitation, Automation, and Networking", Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Vol. 8, #1, pp. 86-99.

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan