Michael Petit teaches courses in new media, media theory, and academic writing in the humanities at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He has an MA in creative writing and a PhD in British literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He completed his dissertation, The Queer Rise of the Novel: New Readings in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel, From Defoe to Austen, in 1997. His research interests include the intersections of popular culture and information technologies, new media, writing pedagogy, and academic writing across the curriculum. He is the author of a memoir of the Middle East, Peacekeepers at War (Faber and Faber, 1986), and co-editor of Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting, and Desire (Routledge, 2006), a collection of essays that examines the cultural, social and political implications of the online auction site. His latest book, Google This: The Culture of Search (Routledge) was published in 2011.
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