Sandvig essay in prize-winning collection

A book to which associate professor Christian Sandvig contributed a chapter has been named the 2015-2016 Best Edited Collection Award by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).

His essay, “The Internet as Anti-Television: Distribution Infrastructure as Culture and Power,”  appears in Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures, published by the University of Illinois Press. The editors are Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski.

According to the book’s introduction, “signal traffic refers to the movement of electronic media across various parts of the planet. … The chapters in Signal Traffic call attention to the media infrastructures that distribute audio-visual content, the ways industries and people imagine, organize, and use those infrastructures, and the varied scales at which they operate.”

In his essay, Sandvig argues that “the availability and quality of video on the Internet are significant new political and economic battlegrounds where culture is controlled.”

Sandvig is an associate professor in the School of Information and in the Communication Studies department of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Sandvig's research has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, Le Monde, National Public Radio, CBS News, and other media outlets. He has consulted for Intel, Microsoft, and the San Francisco Public Library.

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies is dedicated to the scholarly study of film, television, video and new media. Since 1971, it has annually honored the year’s best in cinema and media studies scholarship, teaching and professional service.

Posted September 2, 2016