I built this blog to capture my research on the current state of higher education with a focus on the economic and technological conditions of knowledge production and distribution.
I received my PhD in Sociology in 2010. I researched independent musicians and the music industry to show how new media has fueled the decentralization of creative industries and outsourced the costs of creative production to artists themselves.
After doing so, I myself became a flexible worker in higher education, which, like the music industry, no longer has a monopoly on the controlled distribution of its product — knowledge. Like independent musicians and other PhDs of my cohort, I face difficult employment conditions while also having unprecedented opportunity to construct a DIY career in a thriving knowledge economy. This blog is an attempt to embody the present situation and to reflect upon it as I forge my own professional path in higher education.