For the next year or so, I will be working on a dissertation titled, Hobbyist inter-networking and the popular internet imaginary: Forgotten histories of networked personal computing, 1977-1997. The elevator pitch is that it's about an alternative internet mythology focusing on hobbyist telecommunication from amateur radio repeaters to FidoNet BBSes. Henry Jenkins is the committee chair.
Political talk online
I'm also working on a number of projects related to political talk online with the Civic Paths research group and as a research assistant for François Bar. Currently, we're looking at the use of humor by people live-tweeting the 2012 presidential debates using a combination of macro-scale computational methods (thematic clustering, natural language processing) and micro-scale textual analysis.
- Thorson, K., Driscoll, K., Ekdale, B., Edgerly, S., Thompson, L. G., Schrock, A., Swartz, L., Vraga, E. K., and Wells, C. (2013). YouTube, Twitter and the Occupy Movement: Connecting Content and Circulation Practices. Information, Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.756051. (PDF)
- Crowdfunding an archive: What’s worth saving and who’s gonna pay for it?, Civic Paths, 2013.
- Review of Evgeny Morozov's To Save Everything, Click Here, Los Angeles Review of Books, 2013.
- Soulja Boy and dance crazes, Spreadable Media Web Exclusive, 2013.
- The dark side of DIY: Makerspaces and the long, weird history of DIY hobbyists & military funding, Civic Paths, 2012.
- Conversations on epistemology and expertise, Culture Digitally Podcast, 2012.
- Code critique: "Altair music of a sort", Critical Code Studies Working Group, 2012.
- Protest code and the anti-SOPA blackout, Culture Digitally, 2012.
- This is what a broken internet feels like, Civic Paths, 2012.