Jack Bratich's Blog
Zine library Fundraiser
May 27th, 2008 / 4:52 pm
I'm a volunteer at a zine library in my neighborhood (Manhattan's Lower East Side). It's an all-volunteer collective, and we are looking to raise funds for new archival materials (we don't have an operating budget).  We're throwing a benefit party this Friday, May 30.  Details below. Come out after the Media Studies picnic that afternoon, or just come by at night!   Jack 
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First Radio Appearance
March 13th, 2008 / 11:16 am
I was on the radio today, on WBAI's First Voices Indigenous Radio (hosted by Tiokasin Ghosthorse). It was a run-up to a panel I'm on for this weekend's Left Forum. TRANSFORMATIVE THINKING, INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE, AND THE FUTURE OF CAPITALISM  You can find the show here (we're on during the first half-hour):  http://archive.wbai.org/ 
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The Art in Zines exhibition October 11 - November 20, 2007
October 9th, 2007 / 5:53 pm
This exhibition (of media materials collected in a library) opens this week.  I'm one of the curators. The Art in ZinesOctober 11 - November 20, 2007
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From the Ivory Tower to the Streets (and below)
August 31st, 2007 / 2:46 pm
Just published: Fragments on Machinic Intellectuals (book chapter)
August 24th, 2007 / 11:02 am
Just published: Programming Reality (book chapter)
August 24th, 2007 / 12:21 am
Jack Bratich
Associate Professor
Journalism and Media Studies
Contact Info
SDW 105
Office Hours:
On Sabbatical Fall 2016-Spring 2017


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).

PhD: Institute of Communications Research,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Critical cultural studies; social and political theory; popular culture.

Publications and Presentations

Jack Bratich - User-Generated Discontent

[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:

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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)

Sovereign Networks, Pre-emptive Transgression, Communications Warfare

Case studies in Social Movement Media

Transgression 2.0: Cultural Opposition in a Digital Age

Editors: Ted Gournelos and David J. Gunkel

(Continuum, 2011)

Post-Marx beyond Post-Marx: Autonomism and Discourse Theory

Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics

Editors: Lincoln Dahlberg and Sean Phelan

(Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011)


“Affective Convergence in Reality Television: A Case Study in Divergence Culture”

Flow TV: Essays on a Convergent Medium

Editors: Michael Kackman, Marnie Binfield, Matthew Thomas Payne, Allison Perlman, Bryan Sebok (Routledge, 2010)


“When Collective Intelligence Agencies Collide: Public vs. Popular Intelligence and Networked Suspicions”

Post-Global Network and Everyday Life

Editors: Marina Levina and Grant Kien,

(Peter Lang,  2010)



Key Concepts in Critical Cultural Studies

Editors: Clifford Christians and Linda Steiner

(University of Illinois Press, 2010)


“Spies Like Us: Secret Agency and Popular Occulture”
Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond
Editor: Jeremy Packer
(Peter Lang, 2009)

altProgramming Reality: Control Societies, New Subjects, and the Powers of Transformation

Makeover Television: Realities Remodeled
Editor: Dana Heller
(I.B. Tauris, 2007; pp. 6-22)

“Activating the Multitude: Audience Powers and Cultural Studies” alt
New Directions in American Reception Study, Editors: Philip Goldstein and Jim Machor
(Oxford University Press, 2008).


Fragments on Machinic Intellectuals
Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigation, Collective Theorization
Editors: Stevphen Shukaitis and David Graeber
(AK Press, 2007; pp. 137-154)


Apocryphal Now Redux
Contesting Empire/Globalizing Dissent: Cultural Studies after 9/11
Editors: Norman K. Denzin and Michael Giardinia
(Paradigm Press, 2007; pp. 264-279)


Governing the Present” (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)

Making Politics Reasonable: Rationality and Ideology in the Problematization of Paranoia"
Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentalityalt. Editors: Jack Z. Bratich, Jeremy Packer, and Cameron McCarthy. (SUNY Press, 2003, pp. 67-100).


Injections and Truth Serums: AIDS Conspiracy Theories and the Politics of Articulation
Conspiracy Nation.
Editor: Peter Knight
(New York University Press, 2002, pp. 137-156).

Journal Articles

Fabricating Activism: Craft-work, Popular Culture, Gender

Utopian Studies (2012)

What is a Trilogy?

Editor’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)

Pox Populi: Network Populism, Network Sovereigns, and Experiments in People-Powers

Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies (11:4, 2011, pp. 341-345).

User-Generated Discontent: Convergence, Polemology, Dissent

Cultural Studies (25:4-5, 2011, pp. 620-639)

Kyber-Revolts: Egypt, State-friended Media, and Secret Sovereign Networks

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

The Digital Touch: Craft-work as Immaterial Labour and Ontological Accumulation

ephemera (10:3/4, 2010)

“What’s Left?: On Turning Backs and Facing Facts"

Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies (9, 2009, pp. 717-720)

From Embedded to Machinic Intellectuals: Communication Studies and General Intellect

Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (5:1, 2008, pp. 24-45)

Summer of Double Super Secrecy: Public Secret Spheres, Evidence, and Cultural Strategies
Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies (7:2, May 2007, 118-131)

Popular Secrecy and Occultural Studies
Cultural Studies (21:1 January 2007, 42-58)

Temporary Guantanomous Zones: Reality Camps and Crucibles

FlowTV (5:7, January 2007)

Public Secrecy and Immanent Security: A Strategic Analysis

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 Societies

Journal of Communication Inquiry (30:1, Jan. 2006, 65-83)

"Amassing the Multitude: Revisiting Early Audience Studies"
Communication Theory (15:3, August 2005)

Trust No-one (on the Internet): The CIA-Crack-Contra Conspiracy Theory
and Professional Journalism

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)

Drawing a Line in the Fog: Post 9/11
Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies (2:2, May 2002)

Online essays and other publications

My Little Kony: Rise of the Flashpublics

Counterpunch newsletter (03/13/12)

Avatar Erotics

The Big Book of Sex. The Unbearables (eds.). 2011. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia.

"The Twitterest Pill: Policing Dissent in the Information Age”

Counterpunch newsletter (10/09/09)

You Provide the Tweets, We'll Provide the Info War
Counterpunch newsletter (7/25/09)

The Fog Machine:Iran, Social Media and the Rise of Genetically Modified Grassroots Organizations
Counterpunch newsletter (7/22/09)

"Eyes Put a Spell on You”
Counterpunch newsletter (9/13/06)

"Secreting the News: Anonymous vs. Confidential Sources
Counterpunch newsletter (8/13/05)

Fingerprints of Power: Summer of Double Super Secrecy
Counterpunch newsletter (7/30/05)

2 Live Cruise: Tom Cruise vs. Big Pharma
Counterpunch newsletter (7/12/05)

Lumpen Magazine #96 (July 2005) pp. 20-25

I’ve got you under my skin: Digging Kerry Out and Burying the Bones(men)
Counterpunch newsletter (11/19/04)

"Art of Darkness: The Abu Ghraib Effect"
Interactivist Information Exchange (05/07/04)