Report: Lexicon of Lies: Terms for Problematic Information. (August 9, 2017). Data & Society Research Institute. The words we choose to describe media manipulation can lead to assumptions about how information spreads, who spreads it, and who receives it. These assumptions can shape what kinds of interventions or solutions seem desirable, appropriate, or even possible.
Blogpost essay: What's Propaganda Got to Do with It? Points (January 5, 2017). Calling out news — whether real or fake — as propaganda expresses anxieties over media power, but is it helping us a get a grip on the media landscape?
Blogpost essay: Imagining the Sharing Economy. Points (November 21, 2016). Economies are objects of imagination: they emerge from the choices we make about how to measure them, and the stories we tell about what those numbers mean.
Blogpost essay: Social Good in the Sharing Economy. The Knight Foundation (October 19, 2016). Talk about economies is a way of working out moral visions for the present and the future. Will our reality be one where wealth is distributed broadly, or one where disproportionate prosperity is limited to a fortunate few?
Thinkpiece: Meaning and Persuasion: The Personal Computer and Economic Education. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (July-Sept 2016). As the personal computer became associated with business identities in the final decades of the 20th century, software became an increasingly viable site for reflecting, maintaining, and shaping cultural understandings of business and economics.
Article: Fun and Facts about American Business: Economic Education and Business Propaganda in an Early Cold War Cartoon Series Enterprise and Society (September 2015, lead article). In the late 1940s and early 1950s, millions of theatergoers, students, and industrial workers saw one or more animated short films, shot in Technicolor and running eight to nine minutes, that were designed to build public support for the principles and practices of free enterprise (example of the films here).
Article: Atomic Anxiety and the Tooth Fairy: Citizen Science in the Midcentury Midwest (co-authored with Stephanie Steinhardt; The Appendix, November 26, 2014). The study collected more than 250,000 baby teeth from the children of St. Louis city and county and analyzed them for traces of radioactivity... [The data from this study] ultimately persuaded President John F. Kennedy to sign the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963. Tiny teeth, it turned out, could speak louder than bombs.