Vince Manzerolle


Ph.D., Media Studies, University of Western Ontario (2013)

M.A., Media Studies, University of Western Ontario (2006)

Honours B.A., Communication Studies, University of Windsor (2004)

Teaching & Research Areas

  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Media;
  • Media Theory;
  • Political Economy of Media;
  • Media Audiences;
  • User Experience and Interface Design;
  • Data-Enabled Marketing and Advertising;
  • Dataveillance;
  • Regional Technology Clusters and Cultures of Innovation.
  • History of Monetary and Transactional Media


Vincent Manzerolle’s teaching and research deals with the history, political economy, and theory of media. He has published on a range of topics including financial technologies, digital marketing and advertising strategies, consumer databases, apps, wireless connectivity, border infrastructure, online audiences, mobile payment systems, and media theory.


Selected Publications


Ubiquitous Connectivity and Virtual Workplace: Everything, Everywhere, All the Time. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming.


Edited Books

Mobile and Ubiquitous Media: Critical and International Perspectives. New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Co-edited with Michael Daubs

The Audience Commodity in a Digital Age. New York: Peter Lang, 2014. Co-edited with Lee McGuigan


Journal Articles

"Friction-free authenticity:  mobile social networks and transactional affordances."  Media, Culture, and Society (2021).  Co-authored with Michael Daubs.

Rising Tides? Data Capture, Capital Accumulation and New Monopolies in the Digital Music Economy.” New Media & Society (2019). Co-authored with Leslie Meier.

 “On the Transactional Ecosystems of Digital Media.” Communication and the Public 1, no. 4 (2016): 292-408. Co-authored with Allison Wiseman.

“App-centric Mobile Media and Commoditization: Implications for the Future of the Open Web.” Mobile Media & Society 4, no. 1 (2015): 52-68. Co-authored with Michael Daubs.

“’All the World’s a Shopping Cart’: Theorizing the Political Economy of Ubiquitous Media and Markts.” New Media & Society  17, no. 11 (2015): 1830-1848. Co-authored with Lee McGuigan.

The Communication of Capital: Digital Media and the Logic of Acceleration.” Triple C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 10, no. 2 (2012): 214-229.  Co-authored with Atle Kjøsen.

  • Translated into Turkish and published as “Sermayenin İletişimi Sayısal Medya ve Hızlanmanın Mantığı.” C. Fuchs, V. Mosco, and F. Basaran (eds), Marx Geri Döndü (Türkendi). Istanbul: Nota Bene. (2014)
  • Translated into Chinese, in C. Fuchs and V. Mosco (eds), Marx is Back. Shanghai: East China Normal University Press. (2016)

Consumer Databases and the Commercial Mediation of Identity: A Medium Theory Analysis.” Surveillance & Society 8, no. 3 (2011): 323-337. Co-authored with Sandra Smeltzer.

Mobilizing the Audience Commodity: Digital Labour in a Wireless World.” Ephemera 10, no. 3/4 (2011): 455-469.

  • Translated into Chinese and published in Open Times 3 (2017): 181-192.

The Virtual Debt Factory: Towards an Analysis of Debt and Abstraction in the American Credit Crisis.” Triple C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 8, no. 2: 221-236. (2010)


Book Chapters

Modes of Connectivity: On the Economic Ontology of Platforms." In The Economic Lives of Platforms Gregersen, edited by L. Andreas, E. Otto, M. Pedersen, A. Morten, A. M. Thorhauge, and J. Ørmen. University of Bristol Press. Forthcoming.

"Mobile Transactional Culture." In The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media 2nd edition, edited by G. Goggin and L. Hjorth. Routledge. Forthcoming.

“Border Media: Contributions to a Non-Linear History of the Detroit River.” In The Canada-US Border: Culture and Theory, edited by D. Stirrup and J. Orr. University of Edinburgh Press. 2024

“Mobilizing the Audience Commodity 2.0: Digital Labour and Always-On Media.” In Media and Digital Labour: Western Perspectives, edited by J. Yao and V. Mosco. The Commercial Press. 2018.

“Border Media: Contributions to a Non-Linear History of the Detroit River.” In Line Dancing: Theorizing the Canada-U.S. Border, edited by D. Stirrup and J. Orr. University of Edinburgh Press. Forthcoming (see attached confirmation email).

“Selling the ‘Always On’ Lifestyle: The Story of the Blackberry.” In Advertising, Consumer Culture & Canadian Society: A Reader, edited by K. Asquith. Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada. 2018.

“From Here to Ubiquity.” In Mobile and Ubiquitous Media: Critical and International Perspectives, edited by M. Daubs and V. Manzerolle, 1-16. New York: Peter Lang, 2018.

“Digital Media and Capital’s Logic of Acceleration.” In Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism, edited by C. Fuchs and V. Mosco, 151-179. Boston, MA: Brill, 2015. Co-authored with Atle Kjøsen.

The Rise, Fall and Future of “BlackBerry™ Capitalism.” In The Materialities and Imaginaries of the Mobile Internet, edited by A. Herman, J. Hadlaw, and T. Swiss, 105-133. New York: Routledge, 2014. Co-authored with Andrew Herman.

Technologies of Immediacy / Economies of Attention: Notes on the Development of Mobile Media and Wireless Connectivity.” In The Audience Commodity in a Digital Era: Revisiting a Critical Theory of Commercial Media edited by. V. Manzerolle and L. McGuigan, 207-228. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

Dare et Capere: Virtuous Mesh and a Targeting Diagram.” In The Imaginary App, edited by S. Matviyenko and P. D. Miller, 143-162. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014. Co-authored with Atle Kjøsen.


Published Interviews

On Dallas Smythe’s “Audience Commodity”: An Interview with Lee McGuigan and Vincent Manzerolle” by Henry Svec. Triple C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 13, no. 1 (2015): 270-273.

Courses Taught


CMAF-1010 "Introduction to Media and Society"

CMAF-2750 "Theories of Communication and Media"

CMAF-2450 "Communication and Cultural Policy in Canada"

CMAF-3040 "Privacy, Security, and Surveillance in the Digital Age"

CMAF-4900 "Machine Dreams:  Automation, Robots, & A.I. in Popular Culture"

CASJ-8501 "Critical Theories of Communication"

CASJ-8513 "History of Communication Technology & Thought"

CASJ-8414 "Political Economy of Communication"