Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Paul Taylor

Senior Lecturer, Communications Theory

0113 343 5818

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.19

Office hours: Sem 1 Thursdays 1-3pm

MA (Edinb) PhD (Edinb)

Research Interests

My research interests focus upon critical theories of mass media culture – in particular, the works of Theodor Adorno, Siegfried Kracauer, and Jean Baudrillard; psychoanalytically-influenced media/film theory – including Friederich Kittler and Slavoj Zizek; and philosophically-informed perspectives upon the media – particularly the work of Martin Heidegger.


Undergraduate Modules:

Media Philosophy: Technological Dasein (3rd Year Option)

Cinematic Themes (2nd Year Core Module)

Film Theory and Aesthetics (3rd Year Option)

MA Teaching:

Radical Journalism (with Dr Chris Paterson)



  • Taylor PA, Gunkel DJ (2014) Heidegger and the Media. 1st. Media Theory. Cambridge: Polity Press.

  • Taylor PA (2011) Žižek and the Media. Polity.

  • Taylor PA, Harris JL (2008) Critical theories of mass media. Open Univ Pr.

  • Taylor PA, Harris J (2005) Digital Matters: Theory and culture of the matrix. Routledge.

  • Jordan T, Taylor PA (2004) Hacktivism and Cyberwars: Rebels with a Cause?. Routledge.

  • Taylor PA (1999) Hackers. Routledge.

  • Taylor PA Zizek Goes to Hollywood. (In preparation)

Journal articles

  • Taylor PA (2014) “Zizek's Brand of Philosophical Excess and the Treason of the Intellectuals: Wagers of Sin, Ugly Ducklings, and Mythical Swans”, The Comparatist: Journal of the Society for Comparative Literature and Arts Zalloua Z (eds.). 38: 128-147.

  • Taylor PA (2013) “Putting Theory to Work - a.k.a "if you don't like academia, why don't you leave?"”, Ephemera. 13.4

  • Taylor PA (2012) “The Just Do It Riot: A Critical Interpretation of the Media's Violence”, Capital and Class. 36.3

  • Taylor PA (2009) “'Exploitation of the Self in Community-based Software Production - Workers' Freedoms or Firm Foundations?',”, Capital and Class. 97: 99-120.

  • Taylor PA (2009) “'Media Studies 2.0 - The Debate'”, Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. 1.1

  • Taylor PA (2009) “'Critical Theory 2.0 and Im/materiality: The Bug in the Machinic Flows'.”, Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. 1.1

  • Taylor PA (2008) “'Literature's Power and Fury in the Virtual Age'”, Information, Communication & Society.

  • Taylor PA (2008) “Perverted research and the political imagination - the trial of the Good Scholar Svejk”, EUR POLIT SCI. 7.3: 335-351.
    DOI: 10.1057/eps.2008.20

  • Taylor PA (2008) “Editorial comment: Literature's Power and Fury in the Virtual Age”, Information Communication and Society. 11.6: 741-748.

  • Taylor PA (2008) “'From Mit-Sein to Bit-Sein; informational pattern recognition and a chronicle of a life foretold'.”, Information Communication and Society. 11.6: 781-798.

  • Taylor PA (2008) “'Baudrillard's Gallic Shrug - Reality Fundamentalism and the Heineken Effect'”, French Cultural Studies. 19.3: 273-285.

  • Taylor PA (2007) “The Death of a Symbol in King Herod's Creche”, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. 5.1

  • Taylor PA (2007) “Terror on the internet.”, EUR J COMMUN. 22.1: 118-121.

  • Taylor PA (2006) “Putting the critique back into a Critique of Information: refusing to follow the order”, Information, Communication and Society. 9.5: 553-571.
    DOI: 10.1080/13691180600965518

  • Taylor PA (2006) “Pattern Recognition in Fast Capitalism: Calling Literary Time on the Theorists of Flux”, Fast Capitalism. 2.1

  • Taylor PA (2005) “From Hackers to Hacktivists: speed bumps on the global information superhighway?”, New Media & Society. 7.5: 625-646.
    DOI: 10.1177/1461444805056009

  • Taylor PA, Harris JLL (2005) “Baudrillard Bytes”, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. 2.2: 1-22.

  • Taylor PA, Harris JLL (2005) “Phantom Objectivity”, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. 2.2: 1-22.

  • Taylor PA (2004) “International Journal of Baudrillard Studies”, British Journal of Politics & International Relations.

  • Taylor PA (2003) “Hacker culture.”, NEW MEDIA SOC. 5.4: 584-586.

  • Taylor PA (2003) “Humboldt's Rift: the commercialisation of European Higher Education”, European Political Science. 3.1: 75-84.

  • Taylor PA (2003) “Waiting for the Barbarians & and the naked Emperor's Chicken”, Higher Education Review. 35.2: 5-23.

  • Taylor PA (2001) “Informational Intimacy & Futuristic Flu: Love & Confusion in the Matrix”, Information, Communication and Society. 4.1: 74-94.
    DOI: 10.1080/13691180110035740


  • Taylor PA (2017) “Slavoj Zizek”, In: Evans B; Carver T (eds.) Histories of Violence Post-war Critical Thought. London: Zed Books Ltd. 193-214

  • Taylor PA (2014) “Zizek's Reception: Fifty Shades of Gray Ideology”, In: Flisfeder M; Willis L-P (eds.) Zizek and Media Studies A Reader. New York: Springer. 15-25

  • Taylor PA (2014) “The Media Crisis in Capitalism: a report on the evil of banality”, In: Feldner H (eds.) States of Crisis and Post-Capitalist Scenarios. Ashgate. (Accepted)

  • Taylor PA (2013) “'The Heineken Effect - Bauman, Baudrillard, and Zizek as thinkers of liquidity'”, In: Liquid Sociology: Metaphor in the Writings of Zygmunt Bauman’s Sociology. Ashgate. 85-102

  • Taylor PA (2013) “Lobbottonzied Media - Mythological Thought for the Day”, In: Bennett P; McDougall J (eds.) Barthes' Mythologies Today. Routledge. 86-93

  • Taylor PA (2013) “Lobottonised media—mythological thought for the day”, In: Barthes' Mythologies Today: Readings of Contemporary Culture. 86-93
    DOI: 10.4324/9780203568422

  • Taylor PA (2012) “Participation and the Technological Imaginary: Interactivity or Interpassivity”, In: Delwiche A; Henderson JJ (eds.) The Participatory Cultures Handbook. Routledge.

  • Taylor PA (2010) “Totalitarian Bureaucracy and Bauman's Sociological Imagination: In Defence of the Ivory Tower”, In: Davis M; Tester K (eds.) Bauman's challenge. Palgrave MacMillan.

  • Taylor PA (2007) “The pornographic barbarism of the self-reflecting sign”, In: Signs of War: From Patriotism to Dissent. 123-144
    DOI: 10.1057/9780230610026

  • Taylor PA (2007) “Hacktivism”, In: Donsbach W (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  • Taylor PA (2006) “'Die Politik der Fiktion - oder warum Literatur mehr ist als das was ich im Zug auf dem Weg zur Arbeit lese'.”, In: Harrasser K; Riedmann S; Scott A (eds.) Politik der Cultural Studies. Hamburg: Argument Verlag. 247-266

  • Taylor PA (2005) “Hacktivism”, In: Bidgoli H (eds.) The Handbook of Information Security.. john wiley & sons. 172-182

  • Taylor PA (2005) “'The pornographic barbarism of the self-reflecting sign"”, In: Nossek H; Sreberny A; Sonwalkar P (eds.) Media and Political Violence. Hampton Press. 349-366

  • Taylor PA (2004) “Remote from Reality: Living in the New Plato's Cave”, In: Posey E (eds.) Remote: Creativity, Technology and Remoteness. Bloc Press. 16-20

  • Taylor PA (2004) “Keyboard Protest: Hacktivist Spiders on the Web”, In: Carter J; Morland D (eds.) Anti-Capitalist Britain. New Clarion Press. 114-126

  • Taylor PA (2003) “Misogynists or Maestros? Gender and the social construction of hacking”, In: Jewkes Y (eds.) Dot.Cons. Willan Publishers. 126-146

  • Taylor PA (2003) “TrickE-business: Malcontents in the Matrix”, In: Lubbe S (eds.) The Economic & Social Impacts of E-Commerce. Idea Group Publishers. 1-21

  • Taylor PA (2003) “Hacktivists: Resistance is Fertile?”, In: Sumner C (eds.) The Blackwell Companion to Criminology. Blackwell Publishers. 486-500

  • Taylor PA (2001) “Hacktivism: in search of lost ethics?”, In: Wall D (eds.) Crime and the Internet. Routledge. 59-73

  • Taylor PA (2001) “The Social Construction of Hackers as Deviants”, In: Thio A; Calhoun TC (eds.) Readings in Deviant Behavior. Allyn & Bacon. 283-292

  • Taylor PA “Zizek's Reception: Fifty Shades of Gray Ideology”, In: Flisfeder M (eds.) Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader. Palgrave Macmillan. (Accepted)

Internet publications

  • Taylor PA (2007) Why Zizek? Why Now?. Hosted by Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds.

External Appointments

I am the General Editor of the International Journal of Zizek Studies and Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies , Fast Capitalism and the International Journal of Badiou Studies.


I am External Examiner for the MA in Mass Communications at the University of Leicester and the External Examiner for the Undergraduate Communications Programme of Keele University.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

I currently supervise:


Heidi Herzogenrath-Amelung

John MacWillie
Stuart Shaw

Carly O’Neill

Past Supervisions

Jesse Hearns-Branaman

Azeez Lukuman

Ting Wang

Jan Ll. Harris

David Kreps

Paul Aitken
Imanol Galfarsoro


Professional Practice

I have appeared regularly on various BBC Radio and World Service programmes as a commentator on a range of media and cultural issues. See for example: Woman’s Hour.


ONLINE VIDEOS relating to my research include:

Screening Thought, The Media’s Philosophical Problem – with Slavoj Zizek, London May 2011.

Zizek’s Violence – a lecture given as part of Bradley Evans’s Histories of Violence project.

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