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Dr Tai Neilson is a lecturer in Media in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Culture. His areas of expertise include the political economy of digital media and critical cultural theory. He has a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University in Virginia, an MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York, and a BA (honours) in Sociology and Media Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Neilson has published work on journalism and digital media in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Fast Capitalism, and Global Media Journal. His current research focuses on the reorganization of journalists labour through the use of digital media. He also publishes and presents research in Heavy Metal Studies including a chapter in Scott Wilson’s Music at the Extremes: Sounds outside the Mainstream. Dr Neilson teaches units in media theory, digital media, and news production.

I am interested in advising higher degree research in the areas of news production, the political economy of digital media, critical cultural theory, and heavy metal studies.

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Research Output 2012 2018

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review
  • 1 Review article

'I don’t engage': online communication and social media use among New Zealand journalists

Neilson, T. 2018 In : Journalism. 19, 4, p. 536-552 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social media
New Zealand

Writers' rights: freelance journalism in a digital age

Neilson, T. 8 May 2018 In : MIA Media International Australia. 167, 1, p. 181–182 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

book review

Marxists internet archive takedown

Neilson, T. 2015 In : Fast Capitalism. 12.1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

intellectual property
political interest

Where myth and metal collide: Finnish folk metal

Neilson, T. 2015 Music at the extremes: Essays on sounds outside the mainstream. Wilson, S. (ed.). North Carolina: McFarland, p. 129-142 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Culture, technology and hyper-industrial capitalism

Neilson, T., Reahms, D., Mueller, G. & Daily, L. 2013 In : Reviews in Cultural Theory. 4, 1, p. 49-54

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

industrial democracy
book review
capitalist society