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Agent: Max Edwards at Aevitas Creative
Jay Owens is a writer and researcher based in London, UK.
Jay studied Social Anthropology at the LSE and a Masters in ‘Modernity, Space and Place’ (Geography) at UCL. Her graduate thesis ‘Dust: Disturbing the Domestic’ explored dust as a medium of the domestic uncanny, and as an imaginative framework to create disruptive and radical interpretations of lived space. In 2016, following a journey to the parched desert hinterland of Los Angeles, she developed this idea into the email newsletter Disturbances, followed by a programme for BBC Radio 4 ‘Four Thought’.
Jay writes for the Guardian on ‘Big Tech’ and its impacts on our contemporary world – and regularly appears as an expert commentator on media & technology for news and radio (e.g. New York Times, VICE, Wired). Her 2018 essay ‘Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture’ has been published in the anthology ‘Post-Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production’ (Punctum Books, 2019).
Professionally, Jay works as a media and technology researcher., having been Research Director at the social media intelligence platform Pulsar. until going freelance in 2019. She’s helped charities, universities and tech companies navigate the ‘culture wars’, understand Millennials, and negotiate the dynamics of communication and attention online. If you're interested in more of this, say hello on LinkedIn.
The guiding theme of her work is an interest in modernity and late capitalism – exploring how grand twentieth century narratives of progress and technology come to clash with messier, more complex contemporary realities..
Jay can be found online as @hautepop, and at www.jayowens.me. She lives in north London for the foreseeable moment.