Vol 31, No 3 (2006)

The Labouring of Communication

Cover Page

Day of Mourning ..... Carole Condé

It was commissioned by the Durham Regional Labour Council (Oshawa area) with a grant from the Artist in the Workplace program of the Ontario Arts Council. The banner commemorates the Day of Mourning celebrated each April 28th. The design was developed through a series of workshops with members of Council.

Carole lives and works in Toronto. She has collaborated with various trade unions and community organizations in the production of her photographic work and fabric union banners for the past 25 years. She is active in several labour arts initiatives, including the Ontario Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, ON, and she was a founding member of the Mayworks Festival in Toronto. Carole is a member of CARFAC, the visual artists’ union. For more information please visit Carole’s website: www.workingimage.ca.

Table of Contents


Editorial: The Labouring of Communication
Catherine McKercher, Vincent Mosco


Defending Listeners' Rights: Labour and Media Reform in Postwar America
Elizabeth Ann Fones-Wolf
Acting in the Name of Culture? Organized Labour Campaigns for Canadian Dramatic Programming
Amanda L. Coles
“Labor’s Monkey Wrench”: Newsweekly Coverage of the 1962-63 New York Newspaper Strike
James F Tracy
Taming Labour in Neo-Liberal Ontario: Oppositional Political Communication in a Time of "Crisis"
Kirsten Kozolanka
Doing it For Themselves: Striking Newsworkers Publish the Castlegar Citizen, 2000-2005
Marc W Edge, Karl Hardt
"EA Spouse" and the Crisis of Video Game Labour: Enjoyment, Exclusion, Exploitation, and Exodus
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Greig S. de Peuter
System Error: Labour Precarity and Collective Organizing at Microsoft
Enda Brophy
Heritage Institutions, Resistance, and Praxis
Susan L.T. Ashley
The Fundamental Role Played by Unionism in the Self-Structuring of the Professional Journalists from Québec
François Demers, Florence Le Cam
Taking it to the Streets: French Cultural Worker Resistance and the Creation of a Precariat Movement
Christopher Bodnar
De-skilling Effects on Journalists: ICTs and the Labour Process of Taiwanese Newspaper Reporters
Chang-de Liu
Telework: A Way to Balance Work and Family or an Increase in Work-Family Conflict?
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Renaud Paquet, Elmustapha Najem
Convergence Bites Back: Labour Struggles in the Canadian Communication Industry
Vincent Mosco, Catherine McKercher

Review Essay

The Transformations of Labour: Knowledge Work and the Legacies of the New Economy
Enda Brophy
L'Effet des Nouvelles Technologies
Yveline Montiglio


The Globalization of Corporate Media Hegemony
Naomi Fraser
The Network Society: Key Concepts Series
Christopher May
Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production
Kate M Milberry
Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power
Roy Bendor
Media Economics: Applying Economics to New and Traditional Media
Marc Edge
Global Electioneering: Campaign Consulting, Communiations, and Corporate Financing
Vincent Mosco
Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age
Andrea Zeffiro
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