Brian Ekdale’s research focuses on digital content creation. In short, he’s interested in the structural, cultural, and individual factors that determine what appears on screen and online. He has used this lens to explore community video production in Nairobi’s slums, the motivations of American political bloggers, the social media tactics of Occupy Wall Street protestors, the uncertainly of contemporary journalism, and the glocalization of music videos in Kenya. His research has been published in a variety of journals, including New Media & Society, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Information, Communication & Society.
Ekdale teaches conceptual and practical courses in digital and social media. His teaching and research are informed by a professional background in information technology and documentary video.
Ekdale, B. (2014). Slum discourse, media representations and Maisha Mtaani in Kibera, Kenya. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 35(1), 92–108.
Ekdale, B. (2014). “I wish they knew that we are doing this for them”: Participation and resistance in African community journalism. Journalism Practice, 8(2), 181-196.
Ekdale, B. & Tully, M. (2013). Makmende Amerudi: Kenya’s collective reimagining as a meme of aspiration. Critical Studies in Media Communication. Advanced Online Publication.
Ekdale, B. (2013). Telling whose stories? Reexamining author agency in participatory media in the slums of Nairobi. In J. Gray & D. Johnson (Eds.), A Companion to Media Authorship (pp. 158-180). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Thorson, K., Driscoll, K., Ekdale, B., Edgerly, S., Thompson, L. G., Schrock, A., Swartz, L., Vraga, E. K. & Wells, C. (2013). YouTube, Twitter and the Occupy movement: Connecting content and circulation practices. Information, Communication & Society, 16(3), 421-451.
Thorson, K., Ekdale, B., Borah, P., Namkoong, K., & Shah, C. (2010). YouTube and Proposition 8: A case study in video activism. Information, Communication & Society, 13(3), 325-349.
Ekdale, B., Namkoong, K., Fung, T. K. F., & Perlmutter, D. D. (2010). Why blog? (then and now): Exploring the motivations for blogging by popular American political bloggers. New Media & Society, 12(2), 217-234.