Barry Vacker

Barry Vacker is an Associate Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he teaches media and cultural theory. The author of many articles and book chapters, his recent publications include the provocative comparison of Facebook and the Hubble Space Telescope (forthcoming in 2012). Vacker edited the textbook anthology, Media Environments (San Diego: Cognella Publishing, 2011), which is for use in “media studies” courses. Vacker wrote the text for Peter Granser’s art photography book about post-millennial culture, Signs (Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz and The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, 2008). He authored and designed four books of critical theory, Zero Conditions (2008), Crashing Into the Vanishing Points (2009), Starry Skies Moving Away (2009), and Slugging Nothing: Fighting the Future in Fight Club (2009), all available in Amazon. He also wrote and directed the experimental documentary, Space Times Square (2007), which has screened in festivals and conferences in Brussels, Beijing, Hamburg, Paris, Dallas, New York, and Philadelphia. The film won the 2010 John Culkin Award, an international award for “outstanding production in the field of media ecology” from the Media Ecology Association. In 2012, Vacker founded the edgy nonprofit think tank The Center for Media and Destiny

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