I am delighted to announce two things concerning the AoIR book award. First, in light of her generous and various contributions to the Association of Internet Researchers, we are naming our book award for Nancy Baym.
Second, I would like to announce that the 2014 Nancy Baym Annual Book Award will go to Dr. Mark Andrejevic for “Infoglut: How Too Much Information is Changing What We Think and Know” (Routledge). The following is from this year’s book award committee, Andrew Herman (chair), Jean Burgess, and Susanna Paasonen:
“In a year when the committee was blessed with a cornucopia of many fine books that were well worth reading, the members were unanimous and unambiguously enthusiastic in their decision to give the award to Dr. Andrejevic’s book. The book’s virtues are many, but the committee was particularly impressed by the nuanced theoretical sophistication, analytical originality, rhetorical clarity, and political commitment that Dr. Andrejevic brought to bear on the extremely important and timely issue of “big data” in a variety of forms and practices. There are, no doubt, many books being written at this moment on the topic of big data, but we feel that Infloglut will help set the theoretical agenda for critical internet scholars working in this area for some time to come.”
As part of the award, we look forward to a featured presentation by Dr. Andrejevic at IR15 in Daegu in October. Meanwhile, please join me in congratulating him on his award!