middlebroware research website


Project-related publications

  • Lesage, F. (2017). Popular Digital Imaging: Photoshop as Middlebroware. In A. Malinowska & K. Lebek (Eds.), Materiality and Popular Culture: The Popular Life of Things (pp. 76–87). London: Routledge. [link to publisher’s page]
  • Lesage, F. (2016). Reviewing photoshop Mediating cultural subjectivities for application software. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 22(2), 215–229. http://doi.org/10.1177/1354856514545711 [link to article]
  • Lesage, F. (2015). A Cultural Biography of Application Software. In Paterson, Chris, D. Lee, A. Saha, & A. Zoellner (Eds.), Advancing Media Production Research: Shifting Sites, Methods, and Politics (pp. 217–232). London: Palgrave. [link to publisher’s page]
  • Lesage, F., & Smirnova, S. (2015). “Keeping up” through Teaching and Learning Media Software: “Introducing” Photoshop. Canadian Journal of Communication, 40(2), 223–241. [link to article]
  • Lesage, F. (2015). Middlebroware. The Fibreculture Journal, (25), 89–114. http://doi.org/10.15307/fcj.25.182.2015 [link to article]
  • Lesage, F. (2013). Cultural Biographies and Excavations of Media: Context and Process. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 57(1), 81–96. http://doi.org/10.1080/08838151.2012.761704 [link to article]

Events and presentations

  • 2016
  • “Studying Software Evangelism: Technical Communication as Popular Culture”, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, Leicester, UK, July 27-31 2016.
  • “The culture of software evangelism”, Congress 2016 of the Humanities and Social Sciences with the Canadian Communication Association, Calgary, Canada. 28-31 May 2016.
  • “Evangelizing Photoshop: assembling digital culture through technical communication”, Communication University of China’s School of Journalism, 20 April 2016.
  • 2015
  • “Panel: ‘How-to’ work: Tutorial cultures and creative labour”, Work2015: New Meanings of Work, Turku, Finland, 19-21 August 2015.
  • “Software development kits as middlebroware”, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, Montreal, Canada, 12-16 July 2015.
  • “Panel: Advancing Media Production Research – an update on the state of research”, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, Montreal, Canada, 12-16 July 2015.
  • 2014
  • “Photoshop as middlebrow-ware”, The Popular Life of Things: Material Culture(s) and Popular Processes, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland. 3-4 July 2014. http://popularlifeofthings.wordpress.com/
  • 2013
  • “Photoshop: Lives of the Most Excellent Platforms, Software and Applications”, Apps and Affect, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. 19 October 2013. http://appsandaffect.blogspot.ca/
  • “Cultural Biographies of Application Software: New methods for investigating media work”, Advancing Media Production Research, University of Leeds, UK. 24 June 2013. https://www.pvac.leeds.ac.uk/productionresearch/

Other references

Below are lists of related references that we’ve found useful in conducting our research.

Studies of Commercial Application Software

  • Fuller, M. (2001). It looks like you’re writing a letter. Retrieved from http://www.heise.de/tp/druck/mb/artikel/7/7073/1.html
  • Knoblauch, H. (2008). The Performance of Knowledge: Pointing and Knowledge in Powerpoint Presentations. Cultural Sociology, 2(1), 75–97. http://doi.org/10.1177/1749975507086275
    Kvåle, G. (2016). Software as ideology. Journal of Language & Politics, 15(3), 259–273. https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.15.3.02kva
  • Manovich, L. (2002). Generation Flash. In W. H. K. Chun & T. Keenan (Eds.), New media, old media: a history and theory reader (pp. 209–218). New York: Routledge.
  • Manovich, L. (2013). Software Takes Command. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Stark, D., & Paravel, V. (2008). PowerPoint in Public Digital Technologies and the New Morphology of Demonstration. Theory, Culture & Society, 25(5), 30–55. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276408095215
  • Uprichard, E., Burrows, R., & Byrne, D. (2008). SPSS as an “inscription device”: from causality to description? The Sociological Review, 56(4), 606–622. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.00807.x
  • Yates, JoAnne, & Orlikowski, W. (2007). The PowerPoint presentation and its corollaries: how genres shape communicative action in organizations. In M. Zachry & C. Thralls (Eds.), Communicative practices in workplaces and the professions: cultural perspectives on the regulation of discourse and organizations (pp. 67–91). Amityville, NY: Baywood Pub. Co.
  • Zhao, S., Djonov, E., & van Leeuwen, T. (2014). Semiotic technology and practice: a multimodal social semiotic approach to PowerPoint. Text & Talk, 34(3). https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2014-0005

Academic literature on Photoshop