Patrick McCurdy is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at the University of Ottawa. His research and areas of interest cover media protest and spectacle, the media practices and strategies of social movement actors, media events and the media eventisation of society and also maintains an ongoing interest in issues of international development. In a recent collection of publications, his work has also examined the ‘riskiness’ of public service broadcasting. His new co-edited book “Beyond WikiLeaks” will be published by March 2013.
Patrick undertook his doctoral studies in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and was awarded his PhD in May 2009. His dissertation, entitled “‘I Predict a Riot’ – Mediation and Political Contention: Dissent!’s media practices at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Summit”, focused on the ways in which radical social movement actors think about and interact with media at the site of protest. His thesis both documents the media strategies of radical social movement actors as well as critically examines the utility of such “spectacular” actions in an age of media saturation.
You can contact Patrick via email at patrickmmccurdy [at] gmail [dot] com |