Jack uses critical cultural studies to analyze the politics of popular culture. He studies media culture as an intersection of power, knowledge, and subjectivity. He has written articles that apply autonomist social theory to such topics as audience studies, reality TV, political intellectuals, and popular secrecy. His book is called Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture (SUNY 2008). He is co-editor, along with Jeremy Packer and Cameron McCarthy, of Foucault, Cultural Studies and Governmentality (SUNY 2003).
Critical cultural studies; social and political theory; popular culture.
[On Egypt, the Alliance of Youth Movements, and Network Power]
From the September 2008 talk on the 9/11 Truth Movement and the Left. Bluestockings Bookstore, Downtown Manhattan:
My opening remarks at the 2007 Left Forum panel on the Left and Conspiracy
Book Chapters and Articles
(see bottom of page for selected pdfs)
â€śSovereign Networks, Pre-emptive Transgression, Communications Warfare
Case studies in Social Movement Mediaâ€ť
Transgression 2.0: Cultural Opposition in a Digital Age
Editors: Ted Gournelos and David J. Gunkel
â€śPost-Marx beyond Post-Marx: Autonomism and Discourse Theoryâ€ť
Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics
Editors: Lincoln Dahlberg and Sean Phelan
â€śAffective Convergence in Reality Television: A Case Study in Divergence Cultureâ€ť
Flow TV: Essays on a Convergent Medium
Editors: Michael Kackman, Marnie Binfield, Matthew Thomas Payne, Allison Perlman, Bryan Sebok (Routledge, 2010)
â€śWhen Collective Intelligence Agencies Collide: Public vs. Popular Intelligence and Networked Suspicionsâ€ť
Post-Global Network and Everyday Life
Editors: Marina Levina and Grant Kien,
(Peter Lang,Â 2010)
Key Concepts in Critical Cultural Studies
Editors: Clifford Christians and Linda Steiner
(University of Illinois Press, 2010)
â€śSpies Like Us: Secret Agency and Popular Occultureâ€ť
Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond
Editor: Jeremy Packer
(Peter Lang, 2009)
â€śProgramming Reality: Control Societies, New Subjects, and the Powers of Transformationâ€ť
Makeover Television: Realities Remodeled
Editor: Dana Heller
(I.B. Tauris, 2007; pp. 6-22)
â€śActivating the Multitude: Audience Powers and Cultural Studiesâ€ť
New Directions in American Reception Study, Editors: Philip Goldstein and Jim Machor
(Oxford University Press, 2008).
â€śFragments on Machinic Intellectualsâ€ť
Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigation, Collective Theorization
Editors: Stevphen Shukaitis and David Graeber
(AK Press, 2007; pp. 137-154)
â€śApocryphal Now Reduxâ€ť
Contesting Empire/Globalizing Dissent: Cultural Studies after 9/11
Editors: Norman K. Denzin and Michael Giardinia
(Paradigm Press, 2007; pp. 264-279)
â€śGoverning the Presentâ€ť (with Cameron McCarthy and Jeremy Packer)
Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality
Editors: Jack Z. Bratich, Jeremy Packer, and Cameron McCarthy.
(SUNY Press, 2003, pp.3-21)
â€śMaking Politics Reasonable: Rationality and Ideology in the Problematization of Paranoia"
Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality. Editors: Jack Z. Bratich, Jeremy Packer, and Cameron McCarthy. (SUNY Press, 2003, pp. 67-100).
â€śInjections and Truth Serums: AIDS Conspiracy Theories and the Politics of Articulationâ€ť
Editor: Peter Knight
(New York University Press, 2002, pp. 137-156).
â€śFabricating Activism: Craft-work, Popular Culture, Genderâ€ť
Utopian Studies (2012)
â€śWhat is a Trilogy?â€ť
Editorâ€™s Introduction to "Towards an Autonomist Communication Studies: Assessing Hardt and Negri's Trilogy", a Special Issue of Journal of Communication Inquiry, (35:4, 2011 pp. 305-309)
â€śPox Populi: Network Populism, Network Sovereigns, and Experiments in People-Powersâ€ť
Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies (11:4, 2011, pp. 341-345).
â€śUser-Generated Discontent: Convergence, Polemology, Dissentâ€ť
Cultural Studies (25:4-5, 2011, pp. 620-639)
â€śKyber-Revolts: Egypt, State-friended Media, and Secret Sovereign Networksâ€ť
The New Everyday: A Media Commons Project. 2011. Available at: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/tne/pieces/kyber-revolts-egypt-state-friended-media-and-secret-sovereign-networks
â€śThe Digital Touch: Craft-work as Immaterial Labour and Ontological Accumulationâ€ť
ephemera (10:3/4, 2010)
â€śWhatâ€™s Left?: On Turning Backs and Facing Facts"
Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies (9, 2009, pp. 717-720)
â€śFrom Embedded to Machinic Intellectuals: Communication Studies and General Intellectâ€ť
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (5:1, 2008, pp. 24-45)
â€śSummer of Double Super Secrecy: Public Secret Spheres, Evidence, and Cultural Strategiesâ€ť
Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies (7:2, May 2007, 118-131)
â€śPopular Secrecy and Occultural Studiesâ€ť
Cultural Studies (21:1 January 2007, 42-58)
FlowTV (5:7, January 2007)
â€śPublic Secrecy and Immanent Security: A Strategic Analysisâ€ť
Cultural Studies (20:4-5, July/September 2006, 493-511)
"Nothing is left Alone for too long": Reality Programming and
Making Malleable Subjects in Control Societiesâ€ť
Journal of Communication Inquiry (30:1, Jan. 2006, 65-83)
"Amassing the Multitude: Revisiting Early Audience Studies"
Communication Theory (15:3, August 2005)
â€śTrust No-one (on the Internet): The CIA-Crack-Contra Conspiracy Theory
and Professional Journalismâ€ť
Television and New Media (5:2, May 2004, 109-139)
"The Knowledge Gangsters: African American Conspiracy Theories, Political Rationality, and the Governance of Dissent"
Information, Theory, and Society (1:1, 2002, 91-108)
â€śDrawing a Line in the Fog: Post 9/11â€ť
Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies (2:2, May 2002)
Online essays and other publications
Counterpunch newsletter (03/13/12)
The Big Book of Sex. The Unbearables (eds.). 2011. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia.
Counterpunch newsletter (10/09/09)
â€śYou Provide the Tweets, We'll Provide the Info Warâ€ť
Counterpunch newsletter (7/25/09)
â€śThe Fog Machine:Iran, Social Media and the Rise of Genetically Modified Grassroots Organizationsâ€ť
Counterpunch newsletter (7/22/09)
"Eyes Put a Spell on Youâ€ť
Counterpunch newsletter (9/13/06)
"Secreting the News: Anonymous vs. Confidential Sourcesâ€ť
Counterpunch newsletter (8/13/05)
â€śFingerprints of Power: Summer of Double Super Secrecyâ€ť
Counterpunch newsletter (7/30/05)
â€ś2 Live Cruise: Tom Cruise vs. Big Pharmaâ€ť
Counterpunch newsletter (7/12/05)
Lumpen Magazine #96 (July 2005) pp. 20-25
â€śIâ€™ve got you under my skin: Digging Kerry Out and Burying the Bones(men)â€ť
Counterpunch newsletter (11/19/04)
"Art of Darkness: The Abu Ghraib Effect"
Interactivist Information Exchange (05/07/04)