Jennifer Rauch
P u r v e y o r o f F i n e E r u d i t i o n i n J o u r n a l i s m , C o m m u n i c a t i o n & C u l t u r e

I’m a critical/cultural media scholar and educator focused on news audiences; interpretive, affective and ritual approaches to communication; and political economic studies of media.

My work explores how people valorize alternative cultures of journalism–such as advocacy, civic, solutions, and Slow journalism–by contrast with traditional, mainstream and “objective” news practices.

I’m the author of the award-winning Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable & Smart (Oxford University Press) and Activist Audiences: Engaged Citizens, Alternative Media & the Structural Critique of News (Routledge).

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“In a landscape where infinite acceleration has become the default way of developing technology, doing business, and running an economy, Jennifer Rauch sees a growing number of people pushing back against the mandate to scale. Here is a compelling argument for why less is more, and how media can once again promote human existence more proportioned to human beings.”

—Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

“In this spirited, sane, and savvy manifesto, Jennifer Rauch shows us how to forge a better relationship with digital media. A book to be devoured — slowly.” 

—Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow and The Slow Fix

“In this insightful book, Jennifer Rauch prompts us to reflect on mediated communication and digital media through a critique of speed in daily life. She persuasively argues that slow media enable deep thinking about technological progress, contemporary ‘connected’ culture and online relations. This is a powerful corrective to media scholarship that increasingly takes the online world for granted.”

—Chris Atton, author of Alternative Media and An Alternative Internet: Radical Media, Politics & Creativity; co-author of Alternative Journalism