Nick Couldry is a sociologist of media and culture. He is currently Professor of Media Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After earlier careers as lawyer and musician, Nick did his PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he became Professor of Media and Communications in 2006. He has been a Visiting Professor at MIT, University of Technology Sydney, Stockholm and Soedertoern Universities in Sweden, and Roskilde University, Denmark. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research Lab, New England and a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. This is his fourteenth book. Recent books include The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism (with Ulises Mejias, Stanford University Press, 2019), The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Andreas Hepp, Polity, 2016), Media, Society, World (Polity, 2012) and Why Voice Matters (Sage, 2010). Between 2015 and 2018 he was joint lead of the Chapter on Media and Communications in the report of the International Panel on Social Progress.
'With this book, Nick Couldry emerges as the centre-left Raymond Williams of our time. Media: Why It Matters will be used widely across the world. It explores with imagination and insight the role of the media in society, and makes a powerful case that the media are central to our lives.' James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London