Some information about me
My research is in the sociology of technology, and is generally qualitative or ethnographic. I’m interested in the co-construction of technology and culture and in particular how users shape technology. In the past I’ve examined how designers and users shape computer systems are shaped – reported in two papers in Social Studies of Science and detailed on the ERSC’s Society Today website. More recently I’ve focused on new media technologies. I’m interested in how multi-channel television and the digital environment are transforming contemporary culture. I was funded recently by a breadth of media organisations in Wales to examine uses of the mass media in ten very different households, which is reported in a monograph published by John Libbey in 2004, Modern Media in the Home. I’ve done work on the switch-off of analogue television, reported in the European Journal of Cultural Policy. Based in Cardiff, I have a particular interest in the Welsh media and Welsh media policy, particularly regarding the transformation of the media environment with the growth of digital. Under the auspices of CRESC, I’ve conducted qualitative research on the domestic uses of the Internet, examining how the Internet connects with everyday household life, and how both are transformed as the technology is taken up. I am writing this up in a book to be published by Polity, in an analysis which focuses on users and the stabilisation of Internet genres. I am also working with Marie Gillespie on the BBC World Service ‘Tuning In’ project, exploring some of the uses and implications of interactive forums.
Special Edited Journal Issue
Refereed Journal Papers
Hugh Mackay (2009), 'The Internet and the Transformation of Public and Private', CRESC Working Paper 67.