Hi, my name is Andrey Mir (which originally is Miroshnichenko but no English-speaking person can utter it, of course). I am a media futurologist with a background in journalism. I worked as an editor in the business press in the 1990-2000s, then wrote the book “When newspapers die” (2010, in Russian) and left the sport. Since then, I have specialized as a media researcher and consultant. I am a Fulbright-Kennan scholar (Wilson Center in Washington, DC, 2012-13), a member of the Media Ecology Association and so on and so forth.
Currently, I study and teach communication and culture as a PhD candidate at York University, Toronto, with a focus on media ecology, new media and fake news. My first dissertation, in journalism and linguistics, focused on the semantics of the Soviet media and propaganda (1996). My books cover a range of topics related to media in the areas of linguistics, politics, PR, corporate communication, journalism, transhumanism and the Singularity.
The latest book, Postjournalism and the death of newspapers. The media after Trump: manufacturing anger and polarization (2020), explores the political-economic roots of post-truth and polarization in the news media. It is making some buzz right now and is available on Amazon:
My book Human as media. The emancipation of authorship (2014), which earned some kind words from Douglas Rushkoff, Robert Logan, Martin Gurri and other prominent thinkers, is also available on Amazon:
This blog is about old and new media. The new digital environment and the future of humankind are also in the spotlight here, as any diligent exploration of media, being undertaken fairly enough and far enough, inevitably leads to the concepts of the Singularity and Posthumanism.
Here are some of my media appearances:
“Post-Journalism” and the Death of News. Elites have lost control of the information agenda and, despite the “Trump bump,” they’re not getting it back. Discourse. By Martin Gurri, April 13, 2021.
Factoids and Fake News. Martin Gurri interviews Andrey Mir about the future of journalism. Discourse, April 13, 2021.
How to live with polarisation. New Money Review. By Paul Amery, March 19, 2021.
How to Understand the Rage Economy. In “Postjournalism,” media ecologist Andrey Mir analyzes the way the news economy shapes our perceptions of reality. The Intercept. By Murtaza Hussain, February 13, 2021.
Slouching Toward Post-Journalism. City Journal. By Martin Gurri, Winter 2021.
How the world caught up with media visionary Marshall McLuhan. Post magazine, the South China Morning Post. By Mike Hodgkinson. January 23, 2021.
Russian bloggers force mainstream media climbdown. 16 March 2014
Anatomy of Putin’s divorce announcement. 17 June 2013
Russian elections: ‘decisive role’ claimed for web activists. 6 December 2011
Russian bloggers force mainstream media climbdown. 16 March 2011
And finally, here is my photo album with some memorable events and encounters.