John teaches and writes on media history and philosophy. He is the María Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film & Media Studies at Yale University. He taught at the University of Iowa between 1986-2016. He is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication, Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, and most recently, The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media.

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Some course titles and recent syllabi:



Promiscuous Knowledge: The Information Age in Historical Perspective. By Kenneth Cmiel and JDP. In preparation.

The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. 416 pp. (Google Books and Amazon, and excerpted in Slate) Selected interview in LA Times and interview podcast in New Books in Sociology. Selected reviews in International Journal of Communication (forthcoming), The Moment DergiThe Independent, and other online sources such as Art PapersConnectCyborgology, and the Hedgehog Review.

Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. 309 pp. (Google booksAmazon) Selected reviews in The London Review of BooksJournal of Media and Religion, International Journal of CommunicationEuropean Journal of CommunicationCanadian Journal of Communication, and Google Books

Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. 293 pp. (Chinese translation, 2003; Lithuanian, Macedonian, and Ukrainian translations, 2004; Bulgarian and Italian translations, 2005). (Google BooksAmazon) Selected reviews in The American ScholarKirkus ReviewTechnology and CultureCanadian Journal of CommunicationEuropean Journal of Cultural StudiesAnnales: Historie, Sciences SocialesWestminster Papers in Communication and CultureHistory and ComputingResource Center for Cyberculture StudiesGoogle Books, and a pseudonymous email. 

Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968. Eds. JDP and Peter Simonson. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004. 531 pp. (Google BooksAmazon)

Canonic Texts in Media Research: Are There Any? Should There Be? How About These? Eds. Elihu Katz, JDP, Tamar Liebes, and Avril Orloff. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2003. 265 pp. (Hebrew translation, 2007; Albanian translation, 2009; Chinese traditional and simplified translations, forthcoming: JDP preface to traditional characters translation). (Google BooksAmazon)

79 Theses on Technology: Of Techniques and ‘Technology‘,” the Infernal Machine: The Hedgehog Review, 2015.

Obsolescence in the Digital Age,” Cosmologics Magazine, Harvard Divinity School, January 18, 2016. Adapted from “Proliferation and Obsolescence of the Historical Record in the Digital Era,” in Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality, and the Digital Ageedited by Babette B. Tischleder and Sarah Wasserman (Palgrave, 2015).

“Like a Thief in the Night: Witnessing and Watching.” Testimony/Bearing Witness: Current Controversies in Light of Historical Perspectives and Theoretical Debates, Eds. Sybille Krämer and Sigrid Weigel, in progress.

“Media in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead Trilogy.” The Iowa Review, accepted.

“The Media of Breathing.” Atmospheres of Breathing: Respiratory Questions of Philosophy, ed. Lenart Škof and Petri Berndtson, SUNY Press, forthcoming.

“Recording Beyond the Grave: On Joseph Smith’s Celestial Bookkeeping.” Critical Inquiry, forthcoming.

“Cloud.” Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture. Ed. Benjamin Peters. Princeton: Princeton University Press, forthcoming.

“Philosophy of Technology 1964/2014.” Södertörn Lecture, forthcoming. (Booklet, 58 pp.). Technologische Imagination 1964 (essay in German)

“Remembering Bruce Gronbeck.” Rhetoric and Public Affairs 18:3 (2015): 587-97. (By David J. Depew, David B. Hingstman, and JDP)

“Infrastructuralism.” Traffic: Media as Infrastructures and Cultural Practices. Eds. Marion Näser-Lather & Christoph Neubert. Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2015. 31-49.

Autism and New Media: Disability between Technology and Society.” New Media and Society (2015). (By Amit Pinchevski and JDP.)

Mass Communication, Normative Frameworks.” International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, ed. James D. Wright. Oxford: Elsevier, 2015. 690-95.

Mormonism and Media.” Oxford Handbook to Mormonism. Eds. Terryl L. Givens and Philip Barlow. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. 407-421.

Proliferation and Obsolescence of the Historical Record in the Digital Era.” Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality, and the Digital Age. Eds. Babette B. Tischleder and Sarah Wasserman. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 79-96. See also the adapted essay: “Obsolescence in the Digital Age,” Cosmologics Magazine, Harvard Divinity School, January 18, 2016.

What is Knowledge for? And What Does Communication Have to Do with It?” Caroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture 2014, NCA.

Foreword to Harold Adams Innis, The History of Communications. Eds. William J. Buxton, Michael R. Cheney, and Paul Heyer.

The Ten Commandments as Media Theory.” Festschrift for Esteban Lopez-Escobar. Ed. Manuel Martín Algarra.
Pamplona, Spain: EUNSA, forthcoming.

Writing.” The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. Edited by Angharad N. Valdivia and Erica Scharrer. New York: Blackwell, 2013

Assessing Kittler’s Musik und Mathematik.” Kittler Now, ed. Stephen Sale. Cambridge: Polity, forthcoming.

“Preface to the Traditional Character Translation of Canonic Texts in Media Research.” Trans. Shih-che Tang.

The Anatomy of a Circumcerebral Quantum-Entangling Experience Engine, by Siren Bagrag and Lyre Pyre

Neuvos medios y viejos medios: reflexiones sobre el caso Mexicano

Calendar, Clock, Tower.” Deus in Machina: Religion and Technology in Historical Perspective, ed. Jeremy Stolow.
New York: Fordham University Press, 2013. 25-42.

Discourse Network 1912” W. T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary. Eds. Roger Luckhurst, James Mussel, and Laurel
Brake. London: British Library, 2012. 166-180.

The Happiness Game: Notes on the Katz Canon.” International Journal of Communication 6 (2012): 1270-1276.

“Soziale Theorie und Medienforschung: Einleitung in den Schwerpunkt.” Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 6
(2012): 10-15. By Erhard Schüttpelz & JDP (co-editors of this special issue).

Afterword: Doctors of Philosophy” in Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication, ed. Jason Hannan; Peter Lang, April 2012.

“Preface to Chinese Traditional Character Edition” of Canonic Texts in Media Research. Forthcoming.

Sweet Lemons” (Based on remarks at ICA Plenary 2011) International Journal of Communication, 5 (2011).

Preludes to a Theory of Obscenity.” Obscenity and the Limits of Liberalism, eds. Loren Glasser and Charles Williams.

Mass Media.” Critical Terms in Media Studies. Ed. W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. Hansen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

“Libertad de expresión.” Cambio cultural/cambio social, ed. Caridad Velarde Queipo de Llano. Pamplona: EUNSA, forthcoming.

Charity and Chilliness” International Journal of Cultural Studies. 14: 4, July 2011.

Broadcasting and Schizophrenia.” Media, Culture and Society 32 (2010): 123-140.

Friedrich Kittlers Light Shows.” Introduction to Friedrich Kittler, Optical Media: Berlin Lectures, 1999. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2010. 1-17.

The Oldness of New Media.” 22nd Annual Aubrey Fisher Lecture, Department of Communication, University of Utah. Published as pamphlet. 2009.

Foreword: On Living with Tensions.” In Robert Smith Jordan, A Diasporan Mormon’s Life: Essays of Remembrance. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2009. 11-17.

An Afterword: Torchlight Red on Sweaty Faces.” Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication. Ed. Paul Frosh and Amit Pinchevski. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 42-48.

In Quest of Ever Better Heresies.” Afterword to Transnational Media Events: The Mohammed Cartoons and the Imagined Clash of Civilizations. Eds. Elisabeth Eide, Risto Kunelius, Angela Phillips. Göteborg: NORDICOM, 2008. 275-288.

History as a Communication Problem.” Explorations in Communication and History, ed. Barbie Zelizer. London: Sage, 2008. 19-34. Revised version published as “Geschichte als Kommmunikationsproblem,“ Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 1 (2009): 81-92. Trans. Florian Sprenger. Also in Italian: “Il passato è emergente: La storia come un problema della comunicazione.” Problemi dell’informatzione.  Anno XXXVI, n. 2/3, giugno/settembre 2011, 137-162. Trans. Gabriele Balbi.

McLuhans grammatische Theologie.” (McLuhan’s Grammatical Theology) Trans. Michael Barchet. McLuhan neu lesen. Eds. Derrick de Kerckhove, Martina Leeker, and Kerstin Schmidt. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2008. 61-75. Revised version (2011), “McLuhan’s Grammatical Theology,” Canadian Journal of Communication: 36:2, 2011.

Strange Sympathies: Horizons of German and American Media Theory.” American Studies as Media Studies. Ed. Frank Kelleter and Daniel Stein. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008. 3-23. Also published in Media and Society 15 (2007): 131-152. Also available on Electronic Book Review here.

The Liberalism of the Other: Response to Carolyn Marvin.” International Journal of Communication 2 (2008): 699-704.

Institutional Opportunities for Intellectual History in Communication Studies.” The History of Media and Communication Research: Contested Memories. Ed. David W. Park and Jefferson Pooley. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. 143-162. 11

Communication, History of the Idea.” International Encyclopedia of Communication. Ed. Wolfgang Donsbach. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. 689-693.

Hermeneutics.” International Encyclopedia of Communication. Ed. Wolfgang Donsbach. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. 2111-2115. By JDP and Samuel McCormick.*** (Starts on pp. 41 of .pdf)

“Communication and Media Studies, History to 1968.” International Encyclopedia of Communication. Ed. Wolfgang Donsbach. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. 764-771. By Peter Simonson and JDP.

Resemblance Made Absolutely Exact: Borges and Royce on Maps and Media.” Variaciones Borges 25 (2008): 1-23. Also available here. Revised and condensed version as “The Folly of the Perfect Map.” Kompassrosen: Orientering mod nord. Oslo: Nasjonalbiblioteket, 2009. 12-17.

[Honoring Roger Silverstone]: A Recent Chapter in the Messianic Tradition?” International Journal of Communication 1 (2007): 79-82.

“Calendar,” “Clock,” and “Communication.” Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication, and Media. Ed. Daniel A. Stout. New York: Routledge, 2006. 57-59, 77-79, 83-86.

The Part Played by Gentiles in the Flow of Mass Communications: On the Ethnic Utopia of Personal Influence.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 608 (Nov. 2006): 97-114.

“Det ironiske ved dagens ytringsfrihet” [The Ironies of Free Speech Today]. “. . . en saklig og fri informasjons- og opinionsformiddling”: Redaktørinstituttets status 2006, Ǻrbok fra Norsk Redaktørforening. Olso: IJ forlaget, 2006. 135-143.

“La pitié, la terreur, et l‟énigme de l‟assassin vertueux.” La terreur spectacle : Terrorisme et télévision. Ed. and trans. Daniel Dayan. Paris: Éditions Boeck, 2006. 247-260.

Media as Conversation, Conversation as Media.” Mass Media and Cultural Theory. Eds. James Curran and David Morley. London: Routledge, 2006. 115-126.

Technology and Ideology: The Case of the Telegraph Revisited.” Thinking With James Carey: Essays on Communications, Transportation, History. Eds. Jeremy Packer and Craig Robertson. New York: Peter Lang, 2006. 137-155.

Sinfulness, Saintliness, and Monkey-Business.” Social Science Research Council. Published online (2005):

“Prefazione alla traduzione italiana,” Parlare al vento. Rome: Meltemi, 2005. 9-11. (Preface to Italian translation of Speaking into the Air).

Communication as Dissemination, or Speaking into the Water.” Communication As . . . Stances on Theory. Eds. Gregory J. Shepherd, Jeffrey St. John, and Ted Striphas. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2005. 211-222. 12

The Voice and Modern Media.” Kunst-Stimmen. Ed. Doris Kolesch and Jenny Schrödl. Berlin: Theater der Zeit Recherchen 21 (2004). 85-100. Italian translation in Luciano Petullá and Davide Borrelli, Il videofonino: Genesi e orizzonti del telefono con le immagini. Rome: Meltemi, 2007. 129-154. Revised version as “The Voice Between Phenomenology, Media, and Religion.” Glimpse: The Journal of the Society for Phenomenology and Media 6 (2005): 1-10.

“Preface to the Ukrainian Translation,” Slova na Vitri. Kiev: KM Akademia Press, 2004. 7-9.

“’The Marketplace of Ideas’: A History of the Concept.” Toward a Political Economy of Culture: Capitalism and Communication in the Twenty-First Century. Eds. Andrew Calabrese and Colin Sparks. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004. 65-82.

Space, Time, and Communication Theory.” Canadian Journal of Communication 28 (2003): 397-411.

“Preface to the Chinese Translation,” Speaking into the Air. Beijing: Huaxia Press, 2003. 1-4.

The Subtlety of Horkheimer and Adorno: Reading ‘The Culture Industry.‘” Canonic Texts in Media Research: Are There Any? Should There Be? How About These? Eds. Elihu Katz, JDP, Tamar Liebes, and Avril Orloff. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2003. 58-73.

“Retroactive Enrichment: Raymond Williams‟s Culture and Society.” Canonic Texts in Media Research: Are There Any? Should There Be? How About These? Eds. Elihu Katz, JDP, Tamar Liebes, and Avril Orloff. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2003. 217-230. Revised version, “Raymond Williams‟s Culture and Society as Research Method,” in Questions of Method in Cultural Studies. Eds. Mimi White and James Schwoch. Cambridge: Blackwell, 2006. 54-70.

“Helmholtz und Edison. Zur Endlichkeit der Stimme.” Trans. Antje Pfannkuchen. Zwischen Rauschen und Offenbarung. Zur kulturellen und Medien-geschichte der Stimme. Eds. Friedrich A. Kittler, Thomas Macho, and Sigrid Weigel. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2002. 291-312. Revised version in English, “Helmholtz, Edison, and Sound History.” Memory Bytes: History, Technology, and Digital Culture. Eds. Lauren Rabinovitz and Abraham Geil. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. 177-198. Also translated into Hungarian as “Helmholtz, Edison és a hang története”  by Csobó Péter György, Replika 77:4 (2011): 95-10.

“Mass Communication, Normative Frameworks.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Eds. Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes. Oxford: Pergamon, 2001. 9328-9334.

Witnessing.” Media, Culture and Society, 23.6 (2001): 707-724. Reprinted in Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication. Ed. Paul Frosh and Amit Pinchevski. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 23-41.

“’The Only Proper Scale of Representation’: The Politics of Stories and Statistics.” Political Communication 18 (2001): 433-449.

Media and Communications.” Blackwell Companion to Sociology. Ed. Judith M. Blau. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2001. 16-29. 13

“Mass Audiences.” Encyclopedia of Rhetoric. Ed. Thomas O. Sloane. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. 68-72.

“Community and Communication: The Conceptual Background.” Communication and Community. Eds. Gregory J. Shepherd and Eric W. Rothenbuhler. Mahwah, New Jersey: LEA, 2001. 3-21. (By David J. Depew and JDP.)***

“Das Telefon als theologisches und erotisches Problem.” Trans. Stefan Münker. Telefonbuch: Beiträge zu einer Kulturgeschichte des Telefons. Eds. Stefan Münker & Alexander Roesler. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2000. 61-82.

“Ta phantasmata tou koinou sti dimokratia kai tin epikoinonia” [Phantasms of the Public in Democracy and Communication]. Epikoinonia kai koinonia apo ton eikosto ston eikosto proto aiona. Ed. and trans. Stylianos Papathanassopoulos. Athens, Greece: Kastaniotis Editions, 2000. 31-54.

Bowels of Mercy.” BYU Studies, 38.4 (1999): 27-41.

“Public Journalism and Democratic Theory: Four Challenges.” The Idea of Public Journalism. Ed. Theodore L. Glasser. New York: Guilford Press, 1999. 99-117. (Google Books Link)

“Nomadism, Diaspora, Exile: The Stakes of Mobility within the Western Canon.” House, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media and the Politics of Place. Ed. Hamid Naficy. London: Routledge, 1999. 17-41. (Google Books Link)

Defining Phonography: An Experiment in Theory.” The Musical Quarterly, 81.2 (Summer, 1997): 242-264. (By Eric W. Rothenbuhler and JDP).***

Realism in Social Description and the Fate of the Public.” Javnost–the Public, 4:2 (1997): 5-16. Revised version in Public Opinion and Democracy: Vox Populi, Vox Dei? Ed. Slavko Splichal. New York: Hampton Press, 2001.

Seeing Bifocally: Media, Place, and Culture.” Culture, Place, and Power: Essays in Critical Anthropology. Eds. Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997. 75-92.

Beautys Veils: The Ambivalent Iconoclasm of Kierkegaard and Benjamin.” The Image in Dispute: Visual Cultures in Modernity. Ed. Dudley Andrew. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997. 9-32.

`The Root of Humanity: Hegel on Language and Communication.” Figuring the Self: Subject, Individual, and Spirit in German Idealism. Eds. David E. Klemm and Guenter Zoeller. Albany: SUNY Press, 1997. 227-244.

Sharing Thoughts or Coping with Otherness? Reply to Logue and Miller.” Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 13:4 (1996): 373-380.

The Uncanniness of Mass Communication in Interwar Social Thought.” Journal of Communication, 46:3 (1996): 108-123.

Tangled Legacies.” Journal of Communication, 46:3 (1996): 85-87.

“Beyond Reciprocity: Public Communication as a Moral Ideal.” Communication, Culture, and Community: Liber Amicorum James Stappers. Eds. Ed Hollander, Coen van der Linden, and Paul Rutten. Houten, Netherlands: Bohn, Stafleu, van Loghum, 1995. 41-50. 14

“Publicity and Pain: Self-Abstraction in Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments.” Public Culture, 7 (1995): 657-675. (Public Culture excerpt)

“Adam Smith on the Impartial Spectator” [Introductory Note]. Public Culture, 7 (1995): 676-677. (Public Culture excerpt)

Historical Tensions in the Concept of Public Opinion.” Public Opinion and the Communication of Consent. Eds. Theodore L. Glasser and Charles T. Salmon. New York: Guilford, 1995. 3-32.

The Gaps of Which Communication is Made.” Critical Studies in Mass Communication 11.2 (June, 1994): 117-140.

Genealogical Notes on ‘The Field.” Journal of Communication 43.4 (1993): 132-139. Reprinted in Defining Media Studies. Eds. Mark Levy and Michael Gurevitch. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. 374-381.

Distrust of Representation: Habermas on the Public Sphere.” Media, Culture and Society 14.3 (1993): 441-471.

Reflections on Mormon Materialism,” Sunstone 16 (March 1993): 17-21.

“Media Ethics and the Public Sphere.” Communication 12.3 (1991): 197-215. (By JDP and Kenneth Cmiel.)

Rhetoric‟s Revival, Positivism‟s Persistence: Social Science, Clear Com-munication, and the Public Space.” Sociological Theory 8.2 (1990): 224-31.

John Locke, the Individual, and the Origin of Communication.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 75.4 (1989): 387-99.

Satan and Savior: Mass Communication in Progressive Thought.” Critical Studies in Mass Communication 6:3 (1989): 247-263.

“Revising the 18th-Century Script.” Gannett Center Journal 3.2 (1989): 152-66.

Democracy and American Mass Communication Theory: Dewey, Lippmann, Lazarsfeld.” Communication 11.3 (1989): 199-220.

The Reality of Construction.” (Review of) Rhetoric in the Human Sciences. Ed. Herbert W. Simons. London: Sage, 1989. 11-27. (By JDP and Eric W. Rothenbuhler).*** French translation: “Au delà de la peur des images. Realité de la construction.” Hermès, nos. 13-14, (1994): 27-43.

Information: Notes Toward a Critical History.” Journal of Communication Inquiry 12.2 (1988): 9-23.

“The Need for Theoretical Foundations: Reply to Gonzalez.” Communication Research 15.3 (1988): 309-17. (Subscription access)

“The Control of Information.” Critical Review: A Journal of Books and Ideas 1.4 (1987): 5-23.

Perfection: A Social Criticism and A Theological Alternative.” Sunstone 11.3 (1987): 20-4.

“A World of Difference.” In Writing 4.1 (1987): 53-6. 15

Institutional Sources of Intellectual Poverty in Communication Research.” Communication Research 13.4 (1986): 527-59.

In Praise of Ignorance.” In Writing 3.2 (1986): 20-23.

Some American Reflections on Indian Literature in English.” Journal of Indian Writing in English 14.1 (1986): 1-9.

“The Diffusion of Microcomputers in California High Schools.” Children and Microcomputers: Research on the Newest Medium. Eds. Milton Chen and William Paisley. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1985. 151-169. (By Everett M. Rogers, John H. McManus, JDP, and Joung-im Kim.)

Metonymy in the Evolution of Meaning.” Proceedings of the Deseret Language and Linguistics Society. Ed. Royal Skousen. Provo, UT: DLLS, 1980. 143-7.

The Wages of Narrative (Twentieth-Century Stories)” (Review of Alex Ross’ The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Louis Menand’s The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America). Los Angeles Review of Books. 1 February 2012.

Review of Deborah Cook, Culture Industry Revisited: T. W. Adorno on Mass Culture (1995). International Journal of Philosophy 35:4 (2004): 349-351.

Brief Review of Albert Borgmann, Holding onto Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium (1999). Times Literary Supplement, no. 5064 (21 April 2000), 32-3.

Brief Review of Laszlo Solymar, Getting the Message: A History of Communications (1999). Times Literary Supplement, No. 5056 (25 February 2000), 32.

Review of Dan Schiller, Theorizing Communication: A History (1996). Journal of Communication, 48:1 (Winter 1998): 138-140.

Review of Frederic Will, Literature as Sheltering the Human (1993). Philosophy and Literature, 19.2 (1995): 387-388.

The Curious Reception of Pragmatism Examined–and Exemplified.” Review of Hans Joas, Pragmatism and Social Theory (1992). Reviews in American History 22.4 (1994): 679-684.

A Splendid Decency.” Review of Joli Jensen, Redeeming Modernity: Contradictions in Media Criticism (1990). Journal of Communication 41.4 (1991): 161-4.

Review of Jürgen Habermas, Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (1989). Quarterly Journal of Speech 77.2 (1991): 248-9.

Review of Alasdair MacIntyre, Whose Justice? Which Rationality? (1988). Quarterly Journal of Speech 77.1 (1991): 82-4. (By JDP, John Lyne, and Robert Hariman.)***

The Rhythms of Reflection.” Review of Dennis Rasmussen, The Lord‟s Question (1985). Sunstone 13.6 (1989): 49-51.

Review of The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences, Eds. John S. Nelson, Allan Megill, and D. N. McCloskey (1987). Theory and Society 18.4 (1989): 555-60. 16

Review of Eugene Halton, Meaning and Modernity: Social Theory in the Pragmatic Attitude (1986). Quarterly Journal of Speech 73.4 (1987): 520-1.

Reconstructing Mass Communication Theory” Department of Communication, Stanford University, August 1986.
Doors: On the materiality of the symbolic.” from the original German by Bernhard Siegert. Grey Room 47, Spring 2012, pp. 6–23.


With Ken Myers, Mars Hill Audio Journal, vol. 47 (December 2000).

With Jon Hustad, “Det ironiske ytringsfriheten,” Klassenkampen, 20 Feb. 2006 (Norway).

With Armando Avellaneda. “El mercado y el Estado amenazan la libre comunicación.” Diario El Nacional, 19 May 2007 (Venezuela).

With Ethan Yorgason, “The Gospel in Communication: A Conversation with Communication Theorist John Durham Peters,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 40:4 (2007): 29-46. (Separate link to .pdf)

With Dmytro Drozdovskyi, Interview in Vsesvit (Ukraine), December 2007.

With Carolyn Kane. “Speaking into the iPhone: An Interview with John Durham Peters, or Ghostly Cessation for the Digital Age.” Journal of Communication Inquiry 20 (2010).

With Andrew Iliadis, Interview in Figure/Ground Communication. November 26, 2012.

(Finnish) “Historia, hipsteriteoria ja teknologisen determinismin hillitty charmi: John Durham Petersin haastattelu,” Media & viestintä 37 (2014): 3,

With Brian Fauteaux, Interview in Radio Survivor on Radio Studies, Part I and Part II. March 2015.

Of Cetaceans, Dieties, and Databases,” Keynote at the Document Academy, U. of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, August 15, 2012.

Lecture on technological determinism, Annenberg Research Seminar, September 19, 2011.

Summary perspective, Media in Transition 6 conference, MIT, April 2009.

Excerpts, Lecture series, “Free speech in a global era,” Beaverbrook visiting scholar, McGill University, March 2007, with comments on “religion, society and territory,” “free speech,” “media,” “censorship,” and “liberalism and neutrality.”

With Blair Hodges, on Mormonism, FAIR Podcast, Episode 5: John Durham Peters, Part 1 (Runtime 53:36).

FAIR Podcast, Episode 6: John Durham Peters, Part 2. (Runtime  41:56).

Interview on communications utopianism, Mars Hill Audio Journal, volume 47.

Selected Works by John Durham Peters (Hosted by the University of Iowa)

Student reviews on RateMyProfessor.com

A bibliography of my works on Mormonism, Blair Hodges’ “Life on Gold Plates” blog.

Opinion piece, “Bombing a Terrorist Act?” Stanford Daily, 18 April 1986.

Contact John Peters