researcher, teacher, internet being

Current Projects

Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture

Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture

Published 2015.

“Until now, the full story of music’s digitalization had not been told. Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture is that telling—a lively, textured, and meticulous account that challenges common wisdom and oft-repeated apocrypha. Required reading.” —Devon Powers, Associate Professor of Communication, Drexel University 

“We’ve been waiting for years for a definitive account of the ‘digital moment’ in recorded music, one that draws skillfully upon a full range of social, cultural, and musical theory. That account has finally arrived in the form of Jeremy Morris’s fine, comprehensive book.”  —David Hesmondhalgh, Professor of Media, Music and Culture, University of Leeds 

“Morris takes us to the code and user-interface levels of digital-music distribution and playback systems in a detailed and well-researched analysis. Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture demonstrates the infinite promises and notable disappointments of the music and computer software industries as they have fought to capture and retain music fans in their online webs of influence.” —Patrick Burkart, Professor of Communication, Texas A&M University

Appified: Culture in the Age of Apps

Published 2018, with Sarah Murray.

 “The theoretical and methodological breadth is impressive. From the popular to the forgotten, from casual games to rape reporting, these chapters weave a rich tapestry of the multiple meanings of apps for politics, society, and everyday life.”
—Amelia Arsenault, Georgia State University

 “Morris and Murray have assembled an all-star cast to reveal the spectacular power of the software in all of our pockets. Appified is an essential collection for students and scholars of digital media culture, and all who seek to understand the indelible imprint of apps on our daily lives.”
—Jennifer Holt, University of California, Santa Barbara

PodcastRE: A (RE)Searchable Podcast Database

(with Eric Hoyt, Peter Sengstock, Susan Noh, and Sam Hansen)

PodcastRE is one of the largest, publicly accessible databases for searching and researching podcasts and the emerging audio cultures they help support. The database allows researchers to conduct advanced searches of podcasts (i.e. by date, by keyword, by topic, by producer, etc.) and provides visualization and analytical tools. In 2018, the project was voted as the winner of a Digital Humanities Award: Highlighting Resources in Digital Humanities