My research focuses on the public significance of sociotechnical infrastructures,
cultures of media production, and journalistic practices.

Books & Edited Collections

In Networked Press Freedom, Mike Ananny offers a new way to think about freedom of the press in a time when media systems are in fundamental flux. Ananny challenges the idea that press freedom comes only from heroic, lone journalists who speak truth to power. Instead, drawing on journalism studies, institutional sociology, political theory, science and technology studies, and an analysis of ten years of journalism discourse about news and technology, he argues that press freedom emerges from social, technological, institutional, and normative forces that vie for power and fight for visions of democratic life. He shows how dominant, historical ideals of professionalized press freedom often mistook journalistic freedom from constraints for the public's freedom to encounter the rich mix of people and ideas that self-governance requires. Ananny's notion of press freedom ensures not only an individual right to speak, but also a public right to hear.

What would keep the Bauhaus up at night if it were practicing today? A century after its founding by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, as an “experimental laboratory of the future,” who are the pioneering experimentalists who reinscribe or resist Bauhaus traditions? This book explores the varied legacies, influences, and futures of the Bauhaus.

Many of the animating issues of the Bauhaus—its integration of research, teaching, and practice; its experimentation with materials; its democratization of design; its open-minded, heterogeneous approach to ideas, theories, methods, and styles—remain relevant. The contributors to Bauhaus Futures address these but go further, considering issues that design has largely ignored for the last hundred years: gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and disability. Their contributions take the form of essays, photo-essays, interviews, manifestos, diagrams, and even a play. They discuss, among other things, the Bauhaus curriculum and its contemporary offshoots; Bauhaus legacies at the MIT Media Lab, Black Mountain College, and elsewhere; the conflict between the Bauhaus ideal of humanist universalism and current approaches to design concerned with race and justice; designed objects, from the iconic to the precarious; textile and weaving work by women in the Bauhaus and the present day; and design and technology.

Sociotechnical Change [International Journal of Communication]

[Co-edited with Simogne Hudson]

A collection of essays in the International Journal of Communication, authored by participants in the USC research group I co-lead, MASTS (Media As SocioTechnical Systems). A set of empirically grounded, conceptually provocative, and wonderfully playful essays illustrating how sociotechnical change emerges from messy but traceable collisions of people, practices, genealogies, representations, infrastructures, and values. 

University Press, under contract]

Absence Matters [under contract with Yale University Press]

A critical examination of the role that silences and absences play in the mediated public life.  Through mini case studies and provocative examples, Ananny challenges the assumption that the solution to bad speech is more speech, tracing how journalists, social media, and infrastructures creatively create, interpret, and navigate absence. 

Journal Articles

Ananny, M. (2024). Making Generative Artificial Intelligence a Public Problem. Javnost - The Public, 1-17.

Finn, M. & M. Ananny. (2024). Making events: How anticipatory infrastructures produce shared temporalities. New Media & Society.

Ananny, M., & Hudson, S. (2024). Creating a Language of and for Sociotechnical Change. International Journal of Communication, 18.

Ananny, M. (2023). What a ‘Platform View’ Has to Offer. Digital Journalism, 11(8): 1568-1575

Ananny, M. (2022). Seeing like an algorithmic error. Yale Journal of Law and Technology, 24: 342-364.

Ananny, M. (2022). Reflections on 'The Panoptic Sort'. International Journal of Communication, 16, 1626–1628

Ananny, M. & L. Bighash. (2016). Why drop a paywall? Mapping industry accounts of online news decommodification. International Journal of Communication, 10: 3359-3380.

Ananny, M. (2016). Networked news time: Tracing the sources and forces governing online news rhythms. Digital Journalism, 4(4):414-431.

Ananny, M. (2016). Toward an ethics of algorithms: Convening, observation, probability, and timeliness. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 41(1): 93-117. 

Ananny, M. & K. Crawford. (2015). A liminal press: Situating news app designers within a field of networked news production. Digital Journalism, 3(2): 192-208.

Brubaker, J., Ananny, M. & K. Crawford. (2014). Departing glances: A sociotechnical account of leaving Grindr. New Media & Society, 18(3): 373-390.

Lotan, G., Graeff, E. Ananny, M. Gaffney, D., Pearce, I. & d. boyd. (2011). The revolutions were tweeted: Information flows during the 2011 Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions. International Journal of Communication, 5: 1375-1405.

Ananny, M., & Kreiss, D. (2011). A new contract for the press: Copyright, public domain journalism, and self-governance in a digital age. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 28(4): 314-333.

Ananny, M., Strohecker, C. & K. Biddick (2004). Shifting scales on common ground: Developing personal expressions and public opinions. International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 14(6): 484-505.

Book Chapters

Ananny, M. (2020). Presence of absence: Exploring the democratic significance of silence. In Reich, R., Landemore, H. & L. Bernholz (Eds). Digital Technology & Democratic Theory. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Ananny, M. (2020). Advocating for what? The nonprofit press and models of the public. In Powell, WW. & P. Bromley (Eds.) The Nonprofit Sector. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Ananny, M. (2018). Anticipating news: What Trump teaches us about how the networked press can and should imagine. In Boczkowski, Pablo J. & Zizi Papacharissi (Eds.) Trump and The Media (pp. 101-110). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Ananny, M. (2017). The whitespace press: Designing absences into networked news. In Boczkowski, P. & C.W. Anderson (Eds.) Remaking the news (pp. 129-146). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Ananny, M. (2015). Creating proper distance through networked infrastructure: Examining Google Glass for evidence of moral, journalistic witnessing. In M. Carlson & S. C. Lewis (Eds.), Boundaries of journalism: Professionalism, practices, and participation (pp. 83-99). New York, NY: Routledge.

Ananny, M. (2014). Critical news making and the paradox of "do-it-yourself news". In M. Ratto & M. Boler (Eds.), DIY citizenship: Critical making and social media (pp. 359-372). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Ananny, M. & C. Strohecker. (2009). TexTales: Creating interactive forums with urban publics. In Foth, M. (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City (pp. 68-86). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI Global.

Reports, Podcasts, & Popular Writing

Ananny, M. (2023). Synthetic Media: AI & Journalism. Knowing Machines Podcast Episode.

Ananny, M. (2024). To Reckon with Generative AI, Make It a Public Problem. Issues in Science & Technology.

Ananny, M. & J. Karr (2023). Press freedom means controlling the language of AIHarvard Nieman Lab.

Ananny, M. (2023). Datasets as InstitutionsKnowing Machines.

Ananny, M. (2023). An infrastructural approach to digital authoritarianismGlobal Affairs Canada & The Berggruen Institute.

Ananny, M. (2021). “Public”: A Pandemic Diary of a Future IdeaSocial Science Research Council.

Ananny, M. & D. Kreiss (2020). Put Trump's Tweets on a Time DelayWIRED.

Ananny, M. (2020). Toward better tech journalismHarvard Nieman Lab.

Ananny, M. (2020). Public interest and media infrastructures: Regulating the technology companies that make ‘pictures in our heads’Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression, Public Policy Forum.

Ananny, M. (2019). Probably speech, maybe free: Toward a probabilistic understanding of online expression and platform governanceKnight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

Ananny, M. (2018). The partnership press: Lessons for platform-publisher collaborations as Facebook and news outlets team to fight misinformationTow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Ananny, M. (2018). Checking in with the Facebook fact-checking partnership. Columbia Journalism Review.

Ananny, M. & T. Owen (2017). Ethics and governance is getting lost in the AI frenzyGlobe & Mail.