News Analyses/Op-Eds:

Megan Boler, “Can Journalism Save Democracy?” Truthout (April 27, 2017) 

Megan Boler and Elizabeth Davis, How emotion trumps rationality in the world of Trump Toronto Star (Sept. 26, 2017)

Boler, Megan. “Occupy feminism: Start of a fourth wave?” 29 May 2012. Web.

Boler, Megan. “Occupy 2012 and Beyond.” The Mark News. 9 January 2012. Web.

Boler, Megan. “Will New Media Save Democracy? The Daily Show and Political Activism” Counterpunch. 20 February 2007. Web. February 20, 2007

Boler, Megan. “Changing the World, One Laugh at a Time.” CommonDreams. 22 February 2007. Web.

Boler, Megan. “Borat Lowers Bar of Political Satire.” Vancouver Sun. 16 November 2006. e09b6be00489

Boler, Megan. “NY Times Apology feels Hollow.” Toronto Star. 31 May  2004 p. A16

Scholarly Articles:

Boler, Megan, & Davis, Elizabeth. 2018. The affective politics of the “post-truth” era: Feeling rules and networked subjectivity. Emotion, Space and Society, 27, 75-85.

Boler, Megan. 2016. “Interview with Megan Boler: From ‘Feminist Politics of Emotions’ to the ‘Affective Turn’.” Methodological Advances in Research on Emotion and Education. Eds. Michalinos Zembylas and Paul A. Schutz. Springer.

Boler, Megan. 2015. “Motivations of alternative media producers: Digital dissent in action.” The Routledge companion to alternative and community media. Ed. Chris Atton. London: Routledge.

Boler, Megan. “Feminist Politics of Emotions and Critical Digital Pedagogies: A Call to Action.” PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 130.5 (2015): 1489.

Boler, Megan, and Jennie Phillips. 2015. “FCJ-197 Entanglements with Media and Technologies in the Occupy Movement.” The Fibreculture Journal 26 2015: Entanglements–Activism and Technology. Eds. Pip Shea, Jean Burgess, and Tanya Notley.

Boler, Megan. 2014. “From Existentialism to Virtuality.” Leaders in Philosophy of Education. Sense Publishers, 31-48.

Boler, Megan, and Christina Nitsou. 2014. “Women Activists of Occupy Wall Street: Consciousness-Raising and Connective Action in Hybrid Social Movements.” In Martha McCaughey, ed. Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web. NY: Routledge.

Reilly, Ian, and Megan Boler. “The Rally to Restore Sanity, prepoliticization, and the future of politics.” Communication, Culture & Critique 7.4 (2014): 435-452.

Boler, Megan, et al. “Connective labor and social media Women’s roles in the ‘leaderless’ Occupy movement.” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 20.4 (2014): 438-460.

Boler, Megan and Selena Nemorin. “Dissent, Truthiness, and Skepticism in the Global Media Landscape: twenty-first century propaganda in times of war.”  Oxford University Handbook of Propaganda. Eds. Jonathan Auerbach and Russ Castronovo. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Burwell, Catherine, and Megan Boler. “Calling on the Colbert Nation: Fandom, politics and parody in an age of media convergence.” Electronic Journal of Communication 18.2 (2008).


Publications and Papers Related to Rethinking Media, Democracy, and Citizenship Research Project


Boler, Megan. Digital media and democracy: Tactics in hard times. Mit Press, 2010.
Download Introduction here. Selected Chapters available at

Boler, Megan. “The Transmission of Political Critique after 9/11:“A New Form of Desperation”?.” M/C Journal 9.1 (2006).

Boler, Megan. “The Daily Show, Crossfire, and the will to truth.” Scan Journal of Media Arts Culture 3.1 (2006).

Boler, Megan. “The Daily Show and Political Activism. Changing the World, One Laugh at a Time.” Counterpunch, 2007

Schmidt, Andrea and Megan Boler. “Will New Media Save Democracy?” CommonDreams, 2007.

Conference Presentations


Burwell, Catherine. Calling on the Colbert Nation: Fandom, Politcs and Parody in an Age of Media Convergence. Digital Dissent, User-Generated Content, and Web-Based Publics: Reconceptualizing Citizenship, Resistance, and Political Media. International Communication Association, Montreal, May 2008. fan-cultureburwellboler

Boler, M., Andrea Schmidt, and Catherine Burwell. Panel on Rethinking Media and Democracy Project. Tactics of Resistance Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, ON (October 2007)

Boler, M. and Stephen Turpin. Ironic Citizenship, or Coping with Complicity in Spectacular Society, New Network Theory International Conference, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Institute of Network Cultures, University of Amsterdam. (2007 June)

Boler and Turpin, Ironic Citizenship pdf

Boler, M. Creating Communication: Media, Citizenship, and Youth in North America International Communication Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco (2007 May)

Boler, M. Digital Dissent and the Salvation of Satire, New York State Communication Association (2006 October)

Boler, M. Invited Keynote, Canadian Association Information Studies Annual Meeting (2006 May)

Boler, M. Presidential Symposium Session, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco (2006 April)

Boler, M. Invited Keynote, Mediated Publics and the Crises of Democracy, Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, Bergamo, Ohio, (2005, October)

Boler, M. Noted Scholar Lecture, Rethinking Publics through The Daily Show, University of British Columbia (2005 July)

Boler, M. The Work of Critical Pedagogies in an Age of Digital Reproduction,  CSSE, Learneds Conference, York University, Toronto (2006 May)

Boler, M. Digital Public Spaces, American Studies Association, Washington DC (2005 November)

Boler, M. Panelist, Culture Jamming, Re-Activism Conference, Budapest University, Budapest Hungary (2005 October)

Schmidt, Andrea. Politics for Consumption: How war bloggers feed the spectacle, Digital Dissent, User-Generated Content, and Web-Based Publics:
Reconceptualizing Citizenship, Resistance, and Political Media. International Communication Association, Montreal, May 2008 politics-for-consumption pdf



Boler, Megan. “Hypes, hopes and actualities: new digital Cartesianism and bodies in cyberspace.” New media & society 9.1 (2007): 139-168.

Zorn, Diane, and Megan Boler. “Rethinking emotions and educational leadership.” International Journal of Leadership in Education 10.2 (2007): 137-151.

Pinto, Laura, Megan Boler, and Trevor Norris. “Literacy is Just Reading and Writing, Isn’t it? The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test and Its Press Coverage.” Policy Futures in Education 5.1 (2007): 84-99.

Boler, Megan. “Critical Media Literacy and War.” Special Issue on Media Literacy, Orbit Magazine, May 2005.

Boler, Megan. “Response: The Limits of Philosophy in an Epoch of Censure.“Philosophy of Education Archive (2004): 46-50.

Boler, Megan. “Masculinity on Trial.” Men and Masculinities 7.3 (2005): 261-269.

Zembylas, Michalinos, and Megan Boler. “On the spirit of patriotism: challenges of a ‘pedagogy of discomfort’.” Teachers College Record 104.5 (2002).

Boler, Megan. and K. Allen. “Whose Naming Whom? Using Independent Video to Teach About the Politics of Representation.” Women’s Studies Quarterly Special Issue on Film (Spring/summer 2002, vol 30, nos 1 & 2, 255-270).

Boler, Megan. “The new digital Cartesianism: Bodies and spaces in online education.” Philosophy of Education Yearbook 2002 (2002): 331-340.

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