Meatspace Press is a publishing project co-founded by Mark Graham and Joe Shaw. The name comes from the cyberpunk slang for the opposite of cyberspace: real life. In practice, we believe in no such binaries. The digital is material; real life is digital; and everything is meatspace.
The project came about as a way to communicate and distribute ideas related to our research to broader audiences. A lot of academic research remains behind a wall of dense text and closed journals, that are rarely going to connect to people beyond university circles. With that in mind, we started with the classic format of the pamphlet and a Do-It-Yourself ethic, and produced two short pamphlets on themes of digital technology, labour and society (see: Publications). In 2019 we published our first full-sized book project: How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables.
In time, it is our hope that the Meatspace Press project will provide accessible introductions to important issues of technology and society for people of diverse backgrounds. Whilst this will always be a very challenging objective, our first three publications have already been the starting point for conversations in classrooms, bars, cafés, taxis, barbershops and homes.
The project is still young, but we are very grateful for support from a range of individuals and organisations that include (alphabetically): the Alan Turing Institute, the Global Data Justice project at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Maynooth University, openpolis.it (who translated two pamphlets into Italian), and the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.
Our publications have also been reviewed, syndicated or otherwise written about in (alphabetically): the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), the LSE Review of Books, New Internationalist, New Scientist, Red Pepper magazine, The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (who have recently translated one article and one chapter into German), and Wired magazine.