Viewing patterns: Information and media infrastructures - Editors' introduction


  • Zack Lischer-Katz
  • Aaron Trammell



In this introduction to a special edited issue of First Monday on viewing patterns, we argue that information, iteration and incarnation are useful paths to understanding emergent media infrastructures. Here we explain the connection of this collection’s essays in the context of these overarching themes. As our media infrastructure — which encompasses social media, data archives, participatory media, and mobile media — takes on a structuring agency in the spheres of politics, journalism, and entertainment, we must contend with the changing shape of these media infrastructures as dominant forces of power-knowledge.

Author Biographies

Zack Lischer-Katz

CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) Research Fellow at the University of Oklahoma.

Aaron Trammell

Assistant professor of interactive media and digital games at UC Irvine.




How to Cite

Lischer-Katz, Z., & Trammell, A. (2016). Viewing patterns: Information and media infrastructures - Editors’ introduction. First Monday, 22(1).