About Jasmine McNealy

NBN Episodes hosted by Jasmine:

Charlton D. McIlwain, "Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from AfroNet to Black Lives Matter" (Oxford UP, 2020)

August 3, 2020

Black Software

Charlton D. McIlwain
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

In Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from AfroNet to Black Lives Matter (Oxford Univeristy Press), Charlton McIlwain, Vice Provost for …

Sasha Costanza-Chock, "Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need" (MIT Press, 2020)

July 27, 2020

Design Justice

Sasha Costanza-Chock
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

In Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need (MIT Press, 2020), Sasha Costanza-Chock, an associate professor of Civic Media …

Christina Dunbar-Hester, "Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures" (Princeton UP, 2020)

July 20, 2020

Hacking Diversity

Christina Dunbar-Hester
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

In Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures (Princeton University Press, 2020), Christina-Dunbar Hester, an associate …

Andre Brock, "Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures" (NYU Press, 2020)

May 1, 2020

Distributed Blackness

Andre Brock
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

Technology has been instrumental in allowing audiences to encounter expressions of culture to which they may have no direct connection. The popular co…

Jathan Sadowski, "Too Smart" (MIT Press, 2020)

April 29, 2020

Too Smart

Jathan Sadowski
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

The ubiquity of technology that collects massive volumes of all kinds of data lends itself to one overarching question: “What?” As in what is the purp…

Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, "Data Feminism" (MIT Press, 2020)

March 3, 2020

Data Feminism

Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

The increased datafication our interactions and permeation of data science into more aspects of our lives requires analysis of the systems of power su…

Russell A. Newman, "The Paradoxes of Network Neutralities" (MIT Press, 2019)

February 3, 2020

The Paradoxes of Network Neutralities

Russell A. Newman
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

Three years after the withdrawal of the Open Internet Order – then-President Barack Obama’s attempt at codifying network neutrality by prohibiting int…

Ben Green, "The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future" (MIT Press, 2019)

January 20, 2020

The Smart Enough City

Ben Green
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

The “smart city,” presented as the ideal, efficient, and effective for meting out services, has captured the imaginations of policymakers, scholars, a…

Lee Humphreys, "The Qualified Self: Social Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life" (MIT Press, 2018)

October 19, 2018

The Qualified Self

Lee Humphreys
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

Physical journals, scrapbooks, and photo albums all offer their owners the opportunity to chronicle both mundane and extravagant events. But unlike so…

Julie A. Cohn, "The Grid: Biography of an American Technology" (MIT Press, 2017)

August 15, 2018

The Grid

Julie A. Cohn
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

Though usually a background concern, the aging U.S. electric grid has lately been on the minds of both legislators and consumers. Congress wants to en…

Stephen Monteiro, "The Fabric of Interface: Mobile Media, Design, and Gender" (MIT Press, 2017)

April 6, 2018

The Fabric of Interface

Stephen Monteiro
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

Sewing, knitting, quilting, the crafts related to fabric making, are usually not what we think about when we consider our digital communications devic…

Molly Wright Steenson, "Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape" (MIT Press, 2017)

February 27, 2018

Architectural Intelligence

Molly Wright Steenson
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

For most people the field of architecture is not what they think about when discussing artificial intelligence as we describe it today. Yet, architect…

Nick Montfort, "The Future" (MIT Press, 2017)

January 29, 2018

The Future

Nick Montfort
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

Popular culture provides many visions of the future. From The Jetsons to Futurama, Black Mirror to Minority Report, Western culture has predicted a fu…

Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll, "Minitel: Welcome to the Internet" (MIT Press, 2017)

December 21, 2017


Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

When discussing Internet history, many within the United States believe the creation myth of an Internet born in Silicon Valley. But aspects of the In…

Mary Chayko, "Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life" (SAGE, 2016)

September 13, 2016


Mary Chayko
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

New technology has made us more connected than ever before. This has its advantages: instantaneous communication, expanded circles of influence, acces…

Phillip Penix-Tadsen, "Cultural Code: Video Games and Latin America" (MIT Press, 2016)

March 14, 2016

Cultural Code

Phillip Penix-Tadsen
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

Symbols have meanings that change depending upon the cultural context. But how do we discuss symbols, their meanings, and their cultural contexts with…

Jeffery Pomerantz, "Metadata" (MIT Press, 2015)

February 22, 2016


Jeffrey Pomerantz
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

What is the "stuff" that fuels the information society in which we live? In his new book, Metadata (MIT 2015), information scientist Jeffrey Pomerantz…

Barry Brown and Oskar Juhlin, "Enjoying Machines" (MIT Press, 2015)

January 6, 2016

Enjoying Machines

Barry Brown and Oskar Juhlin
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

When we consider the television, we think not only about how it's used, but also it's impact on culture. The television, tv, telly, or tube, became po…

Peter J. Gloviczki, "Journalism and Memorialization in the Age of Social Media" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

December 30, 2015

Journalism and Memorialization in the Age of Social Media

Peter J. Gloviczki
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

Humans have coped with tragedy using ritual and memorials since the Neolithic era. Doka called a memorial a space invested with meaning, "set aside to…

Nathan Altice, "I Am Error: The Nintendo Family Computer-Entertainment System Platform" (MIT Press, 2015)

December 23, 2015

I Am Error

Nathan Altice
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

The genre of "platform studies" offers both researchers and readers more than an examination of the technical machinations of a computing system. Inst…

Eric T. Meyer and Ralph Schroeder, "Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities" (MIT Press, 2015)

November 15, 2015

Knowledge Machines

Eric T. Meyer and Ralph Schroeder
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

By now it is incontrovertible that new technology has had an effect on how regular people get information. Whether in the form of an online newspaper …

Joseph M. Reagle, "Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web" (MIT Press, 2015)

October 2, 2015

Reading the Comments

Joseph M. Reagle
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

What do we know about the individuals who make comments on online news stories, blogs, videos and other media? What kind of people take the time to po…

John Sharp, "Works of Game: On the Aesthetics of Games and Art" (MIT Press, 2015)

June 1, 2015

Works of Game

John Sharp
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

That games, particularly video games, could be viewed as art should come as no surprise. And yet, a debate exists over what is and should be considere…

Jon L. Mills, "Privacy in the New Media Age" (UP of Florida, 2015)

May 25, 2015

Privacy in the New Media Age

Jon L. Mills
Hosted by Jasmine McNealy

That privacy in the digital age is an important concept to be discussed is axiomatic. Cameras in mobile phones make it easy to record events and post …