Aram Sinnreich is an assistant professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, and the author of the 2010 book “Mashed Up: Music, Technology and the Rise of Configurable Culture,” as well as the forthcoming book "The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry’s War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties." He has written about music, media and technology for The New York Times, Billboard, and Wired, has testified as an expert witness in several cases including the Supreme Court file sharing suit MGM vs. Grokster, and has offered his expertise as an analyst and consultant to hundreds of companies, from the Fortune 500 to fledgling startups, since 1997.
Sinnreich holds an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism, as well as an MA and a PhD in Communication from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
I am interested, broadly speaking, in the intersection of culture, technology and power. Much of my research is devoted to emerging cultural forms in digital environments, including mashups, remixes, mods, machinima, and participatory media. I also research the commercial and legal environments in which these emerging cultural forms thrive or struggle, and the sociopolitical implications of the profound shifts we are witnessing in the communications landscape.