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 so far we have published 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 two pamphlets have already been the starting point for conversations in classrooms, bars, cafés, taxis, barbershops and homes.
The project is still very young, but we are very grateful for support from a range of individuals and organisations that include (alphabetically): the Alan Turing Institute, Maynooth University, New Internationalist, openpolis.it (who translated two pamphlets into Italian), the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, Red Pepper magazine, The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (who have recently translated one article into German), and Wired magazine.