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Issue 8.2: About the Authors

Ben Agger is Professor of Sociology and Humanities at University of Arlington and Director of the Center for Theory there. Among his recent books are Speeding Up Fast Capitalism and Fast Families, Virtual Children (with Beth Anne Shelton) and The Sixties at 40: Radicals Remember and Look Forward. He can be contacted at agger@uta.edu

Anis H. Bajrektarevic (1964, Sarajevo)is a former legal practitioner and the president of Young Lawyers Association of BiH Bar (late ‘80s). Former MFA official and career diplomat (early ‘90s). Research Fellow at the Institute for Modern Political-history analyses, Dr. Bruno Kreisky Foundation (1995–1998). Legal and Political Advisor for CEE at the Vienna-based Political Academy, Dr. Karl Renner (1997 – 2000).

From February 1996 to December 2001, he served as a Senior Legal Officer and Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Vienna (ICMPD Liaison unit with Governments and IOs) at the Vienna based HQ of the Intergovernmental Organization ICMPD (International Centre for Migration Policy Development).
Between 1994 and 2002, he additionally served on a consultancy basis following entities: the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins SAIS – Washington; the Malaysian Trade Chamber; the Council of Europe, Directorate of Legal Affairs – Strasbourg; and the American Bar Association CEELI /ALC– Washington.
Consultancies also include the capacity of Expert of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe /OSCE – EEA/ for 2004–05; elected Specialist for the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Europe Geneva (UN ECE) 2007–08, the ongoing capacity of the Corps Diplomatique advisor, and the IFIMES think-tank (the Balkans and Middle East) member.
Attached to the IMC University, Department of Export EU–NAFTA–ASEAN, apart from teaching subjects of Geo-political Affairs, Intl. Strategies (incl. Sustainable Development and Environmental Ethics) and the Intl. Law and Law of IOs and EU, since September 2002 he serves as a Chairman for the Intl. Law and Global Pol. Studies, and from early 2006 as the Acting Deputy Director of Studies. The Oxford Academy of Total Intelligence entrusts him as its Advisory Board member, and the NY-based GHIR (Geopolitics, History, Intl. Relations) and Canada-based GoE (Geopolitics of Energy) Journals as their Editorial Board member.
Prof. Bajrektarevic is the author of dozens ILAW/JHA– and SD–related presentations, publications, speeches, seminars, research colloquiums as well as of numerous public events (round tables and study trips, etc.). He lives in Vienna, Austria. .

Andrew H. Banecker is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Louisiana State University, working on a dissertation on Menippean Satire in the Postmodern Era. He has published recently in Philip Roth Studies, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and wrote the Woody Allen entry in 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment: An Encyclopedia of Pop Culture Stars and Their Stories. His fiction has been seen in such publications as The Exquisite Corpse and The MacGuffin.

Carl Boggs is professor of social sciences at National University in Los Angeles. He is the author of 20 books, including Imperial Delusions (Rowman and Littlefield), The Hollywood War Machine (Paradigm) and The Crimes of Empire (Pluto). His most recent book is Phantom Democracy: Corporate Interests and Political Power (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011). His new book, Ecology and Revolution, will appear later in 2012. He is the recipient of the Charles McCoy Career Achievement Award by the American Political Science Association. He is on the editorial board of several political and social-science journals.

Tara Brabazon is Professor of Education at Charles Sturt University, Head of the School of Teacher Education, Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. Previously, Tara has held academic positions in the United Kingdom, Canada and Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has won six teaching awards, including the National Teaching Award for the Humanities, along with other awards for disability education and cultural studies. She is the author of twelve books, including Digital Hemlock: Internet education and the poisoning of teaching, From Revolution to Revelation: Generation X, popular memory, cultural studies, The University of Google: education in the (post) information age, Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: After avatars, trolls and puppets, The revolution will not be downloaded: dissent in the digital age and Thinking Popular Culture: war, writing and terrorism. Her website is www.brabazon.net.

Graham Candy is a PhD candidate in Social-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto, studying under Dr. Joshua Barker. His M.A dissertation under Dr. Bart Simon examined the relationships between infrastructure, games and sociality. His other research interests include online vigilantism, China and the anthropology of technology. He is a member of the Technoculture, Art and Games group/ and can be reached at graham.candy@utoronto.ca

Sheying Chen is Professor of Social Policy and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Pace University in New York

Alexandra Dobra is an M.Phil. student in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has published several articles in international, peer-reviewed journals. She is currently a council board member at the Gerson Lehrman Group and the chapter chairman The Transatlantic, an international academic student journal.

Julian Eagles is an independent researcher. I was awarded a doctorate from the London School of Economics in 2005. My PhD thesis examined the origins, concepts and place of Situationist theory in modern European thought. Email: jdeagles1@yahoo.co.uk

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. His most recent books include: Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability? (Palgrave macmillan, 2009); Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror (Paradigm 2010), Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism (Peter Lang 2011) and On Critical Pedagogy (Continuum, 2011). His website can be found at www.henryagiroux.com

Lorie Jacobs is a doctoral candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English Department at the University of Texas in Arlington. She is currently writing her dissertation on the subject of digital literacy, transformative pedagogy, and the future of higher education. More specifically, she has completed a case study which examines the potential of participatory pedagogy, an integration of social media, ethnographic research methods, and networked learning in the undergraduate classroom. Feel free to explore Lorie’s ever-changing “classroom” blog at Revisionary.edublogs.org.

Jukka Jouhki is a cultural anthropologist and an associate professor in the Department of History and Ethnology at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Dr. Jouhki has studied several phenomena within human-technology relations. His research project concerning online poker is funded by the Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research.

Bradley Kaye holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Binghamton University. He has been published in Deleuze Studies, the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, and is currently in the process of having his dissertation on agency, immanence, and the art of living in Deleuze, Foucault, and Butler published through the Edwin Mellen Press. He has an article entitled (Dis)Abling Time in a new book Movements in Time: Revolution, Social Justice, and Times of Change which will be out in 2013. Additionally, Dr. Kaye is also working on an article in response to Vattimo and Zabala's acclaimed Hermeneutic Communism in a collection of essays due out through Continuum Press, which will feature an interview with the authors.

Dan Krier is Associate Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University. He has written a book and numerous articles analyzing financial speculation.

Timothy W. Luke is University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He also serves as Program Chair, Government and International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, and Director of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. Co-Editor of Fast Capitalism, he also is a long-time member of the editorial board for Telos, and serves as the Bookline Editor of Telos Press Publishing. His recent books are There is a Gunman on Campus: Tragedy and Terror at Virginia Tech, co-edited with Ben Agger (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008): Museum Politics: Powerplays at the Exhibition (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). Capitalism, Democracy, and Ecology: Departures from Marx (University of Illinois Press, 1999), The Politics of Cyberspace, co-edited with Chris Toulouse (Routledge, 1998), and Ecocritique: Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1997).

Leanne McRae is a lecturer in Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies in Perth, Western Australia and is the Senior Researcher and Creative Industrial Matrix Convenor for the Popular Culture Collective. Her current research interests are focused on hip-hop style.

Ryan Moore is Associate Professor of Sociolgy at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of Sells like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture, and Social Crisis (NYU Press, 2009) and is currently researching music and urban culture.

Joshua E. Olsberg is presently completing his PhD in Sociology at the University of Missouri. He is primarily interested in how political and economic contexts mediate the ways in which people are able to understand and articulate their identities. Drawing from Post-Colonial, Feminist, and Marxist critical theories, he explores the impact of Global Development on our notions of immigration, community, belonging, and citizenship. He views the knowledge produced within the fields of Social Sciences as crucial to facilitating a more critical public dialogue on the problems of today, and sees teaching within and beyond our institutional borders as an indispensable mandate of public intellectuals. He can be contacted at jeokb4@mail.missouri.edu

Venessa Paech is a Community Manager who has managed online community ecosystems for a number of leading brands, public sector organisations and groups. She holds a BFA from New York University, an MA in Creative Media from the University of Brighton, UK and has published work on virtual ethnography and online community exiles. Venessa is the founder of the Australian Community Managers Roundtable and co-chair of the inaugural Australian Community Managers National Conference in November 2011. Her research interests are digital boundary cultures and the convergence of online community practice and scholarship. She can be contacted at nessa (dot) paech (at) gmail (dot) com.

Jason L. Powell Ph.D is Professor of Social Justice at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research interests focus on globalisation, welfare, ageing and social theory. He has published extensively with 35 books. His latest book is Social Welfare, Aging and Social Theory (2012), Lexington: NY (with JM Chamberlain).

Jaclyn Schildkraut is a doctoral student in the Criminal Justice program at Texas State University – San Marcos. Her research interests include school shootings, mediatization effects, homicide trends, and crime theories. The author wishes to thank Drs. Glenn Muschert, Mark Stafford, and James Wright for their suggestions on an earlier draft of this paper. The author also thanks the reviewers of Fast Capitalism and editor Ben Agger for their feedback and insight. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2011 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Marcus Schulzke is a Research Director for the Project on Violent Conflict at the University at Albany and an ABD PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. His research interests include contemporary political theory, applied ethics, issues of political violence, and game studies. He is currently finishing dissertation research about how soldiers make ethical decisions during war.

Mark P. Worrell is Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY Cortland. His most recent book is Why Nations Go To War: A Sociology of Military Conflict (Routledge).

Wilton S. Wright received his MA in English in Spring 2011 from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), focusing on the impacts of social media on consumer culture. He is currently an instructor in the English department at UTA. His areas of interest include film theory and criticism, convergence culture and composition studies. He plans on beginning work on his PhD. within a year.