Posthuman Media Studies
My dissertation analyzes emerging media, with a focus on big data, from a posthuman perspective that eliminates any natural or essential self. I develop a concept of information that is material and embodied, extending this to big data as a way to investigate how data affects our construction as subjects. Understanding big data in this way allows for experimentation with new approaches to data use, such as using it as a form of counter-memory or expanding the methodology of citizen science as a way to more fully open up the collection of and access to data. The theoretical core of this project is balanced with qualitative empirical research. For example, I analyze the way that students in the Posthuman Media Studies course that I designed are reflecting on their own processes of subjectivation through their use of Facebook, a big data driven new media environment. By better understanding current impacts of big data, I am then able to offer suggestions for new interventions and approaches to these processes of subjectivation.