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Tom Streeter

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4091
Phone: 519-661-2111 x84347

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506

I study media, technology, law, and culture. You might say that I study the soft side of hard issues, that is, the role of cultural beliefs in shaping things like institutions, property, legal regulation, and technology. From radio broadcasting to the internet, the adoption, use, and even the constitution of new technological systems are often influenced, not just by economic and structural factors, but by cultural trends and habits of belief. And because of that, I believe, they can be changed.

The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet (NYU Press, 2011) is a study of the role of culture in the social construction of internet technology. Selling the Air , a study of the cultural underpinnings of the creation of the US broadcast industry and its regulatory apparatus, was published in 1996. I edited, with Zephyr Teachout, a volume about the use of the internet in Howard Dean's run for President, called Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope, published in 2007. I am currently working on a project about the effects of the shift from printed to digital documentation in routine legal practices from 1980 to the present.

A few short pieces available online:

- The Habitus of the New,” a dialog with Prof. Zizi Papacharissi on, posted Oct. 16, 2012.
- Why, Really, Do We Love Steve Jobs? In These Times, Oct. 13, 2011
- What is Commercialism? posted July 8, 2005 on
- Desperately Seeking Bandwidth, posted November 5, 2004 on

More about me can be found on my Homepage