Prison Media

Prison Media Incarceration and the Infrastructures of Work and Technology - Distribution Matters

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Publisher's Synopsis

Prisons are not typically known for cutting-edge media technologies. Yet from photography in the nineteenth century to AI-enhanced tracking cameras today, there is a long history of prisons being used as a testing ground for technologies that are later adopted by the general public. If we recognize the prison as a central site for the development of media technologies, how might that change our understanding of both media systems and carceral systems? Prison Media foregrounds the ways in which the prison is a model space for the control and transmission of information, a place where media is produced, and a medium in its own right. Examining the relationship between media and prison architecture, as surveillance and communication technologies are literally built into the facilities, this study also considers the ways in which prisoners themselves often do hard labour as media workers-labour that contributes in direct and indirect ways to the latest technologies developed and sold by multinational corporations like Amazon. There is a fine line between ankle monitors and Fitbits, and Prison Media helps us make sense of today's carceral society.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262545495
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 365
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 264g
Height: 156mm
Width: 363mm
Spine width: 15mm