My research revolves around online distribution of television, news, and (naturally) television news, as well as other forms of media. I examine how large legacy media organizations are coping as audiences move online—how they go about developing and deploying new methods of distribution for their content.
I also study new entrants into the world of television distribution, including tech start-ups like Hulu and Boxee, as well as ordinary Internet users, whose social, technical, and peer-to-peer activities have helped to dramatically upend entrenched markets and models of circulation.
My dissertation fieldwork—which is now the subject of a forthcoming book from Yale University Press—was with MSNBC TV and MSNBC.com (now NBC News Digital), where I spent time with The Rachel Maddow Show, whose approach to the Internet became a model for many within the television company, and at Newsvine, a startup acquired by MSNBC.com that is now responsible for constructing a considerable amount of the infrastructure that helps to power MSNBC and NBC News’ assorted websites, and especially their social features.Using conceptual tools from the history and sociology of socio-technical systems, along with more traditional lenses from media studies, media sociology, journalism studies, and communication theory, I look at how companies and individuals are building and deploying new systems for distributing their content online. I have contributed to a number of research blogs on occasion, including Culture Digitally and Nieman Lab. I also periodically update a personal blog with research-related thoughts and news, ruminations on open source software, and other items of personal and professional interest. In the past my work has been funded by a grant from UC Santa Barbara’s Media Industries Project.