Ergin Bulut, Ph.D.
Ergin Bulut received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Communications Research at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Currently, he works at Koç University’s Media and Visual Arts Department (Istanbul, Turkey), where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on media industries, video game studies, media sociology, and media and populism. Bulut researches in the area of political economy of media and cultural production, video game studies, philosophy of technology, and media and politics.
His forthcoming book, A Precarious Game: The Illusion of Dream Jobs in the Video Game Industry, will be published in 2020 by Cornell University Press. Based on ethnographic research, A Precarious Game reveals the unequal politics of game development as a dream job, which only privileged subjects can enjoy, while many others have to face significant social and individual costs. Bulut suggests that the normalization and celebration of how love and passion become central to game development is alarming because capital is more than happy to provide the ludic infrastructures for digital labor only to consolidate property relations.
Bulut’s research has been published in various journals including Media, Culture, and Society; Triple C: Communication, Capitalism, and Critique; International Journal of Communication; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Television and New Media; and Communication and Critical-Cultural Studies.
Ergin Bulut is a faculty fellow with the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School.