Brice Nixon teaches at Ursinus College and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on media industries and the business of media, and he teaches courses in media industries, digital media studies, media history, media theory and research, and journalism.
His current research examines the attention economy. He is analyzing the ways in which media industries attempt to capture and capitalize on attention, now and in the past. His work has been published in the International Journal of Communication; Journalism; Media, Culture & Society; and tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique.
Brice is also a postdoctoral research fellow at the Media, Inequality and Change Center (MIC), a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School and Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. He was previously a visiting scholar at the University of Paris 8 and a Communication Policy Fellow at the Consortium on Media Policy Studies. He has taught at New York University, Temple University, Baruch College, and the University of La Verne. He is a former sports journalist.
Ph.D., Communication (Media Studies), University of Colorado Boulder, 2013 Dissertation: Communication as Capital and Audience Labor Exploitation in the Digital Era Committee: Janice Peck, Andrew Calabrese, Willard Rowland, David Gross, Chad Kautzer
Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory, University of Colorado Boulder, 2011
M.A., Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, 2009
B.A. (Cum Laude), Journalism, University of La Verne, 2002
Technology and Culture
Media and Society
Communication Theory and Research
The Attention Economy
Digital Media Studies
Nixon, Brice. 2017. “The Business of News in the Attention Economy: Audience Labor and MediaNews Group’s Efforts to Capitalize on News Consumption.” Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. doi:10.1177/1464884917719145
Nixon, Brice. 2017. “Critical Communication Policy Research and the Attention Economy.” International Journal of Communication. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/7005
Nixon, Brice. 2016. “The Old Media Business in the New: ‘The Googlization of Everything’ as the Capitalization of Digital Consumption.” Media, Culture & Society 38 (2): 212-231. doi:10.1177/0163443715594036
Nixon, Brice. 2014. “Toward a Political Economy of ‘Audience Labour’ in the Digital Era.” tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 12 (2): 713-734. http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/535
Nixon, Brice. 2017. “Recovering Audience Labor from Audience Commodity Theory: Advertising as Capitalizing on the Work of Signification.” In Explorations in Critical Studies of Advertising, edited by James F. Hamilton, Robert Bodle, and Ezequiel Korin, pp. 42-53. Routledge.
Nixon, Brice. 2015. “The Exploitation of Audience Labour: A Missing Perspective on Communication and Capital in the Digital Era.” In Reconsidering Value and Labour in the Digital Age, edited by Eran Fisher and Christian Fuchs, pp. 99-114. Palgrave Macmillan.
Nixon, Brice. 2015. “Critical Political Economy of Communication and the Problem of Method.” In Marx and the Political Economy of the Media, edited by Christian Fuchs and Vincent Mosco, pp. 260-283. Brill.