In the last several weeks, I have been starting to make much more focused effort on my M.A. thesis. For my thesis, I am planning on studying Tumblr's changed adult content policy and how this so-called "porn ban" represented a flashpoint between a platform's corporate owners and its users. I recently defended my prospectus, and … Continue reading Tumblr and Terminology
If you ever attended public school at any point for your education, there's a pretty good chance you may have heard this truism at some point. In elementary school, middle school, and high school, there were always whispers of this "rule" that "they" didn't want students to know about. And on the days when everyone … Continue reading After 15 minutes, we’re legally allowed to leave
Aristotle is widely considered to be one of the “big names” and a key player in the history of classic rhetorical theory. He, Cicero and Quintilian comprise the major works, at least in classic rhetoric. And there certainly is some good reason that Aristotle and his theories have lasted so long. He was one of … Continue reading How Special was Aristotle Really?
Both the University of Oregon and Colorado State University like to market themselves as very bike-friendly campuses. But the way that each school actually designs and distributes its biking infrastructure dictates different kinds of "preferred" behaviors.
Plato 428 – 348 B.C.E. perhaps Plato and Isocrates were two teachers that were operating their own schools at approximately the same time, and thus are often studied in tandem during classes on classic Greek rhetorical theory. However, the two had vastly different approaches and should really be thought of as rivals. Whereas Isocrates was … Continue reading Plato’s “Gorgias”
The whole idea of an "online space" is abstract and difficult to pinpoint. When we refer to a space, we're usually talking about some sort of physical setting. An actual location where actual physical things can be located. And though the term may often be used in more open-ended ways (such as the idea of … Continue reading The Changing Fabric of Online Space
When was the last time you actually saw the Facebook log-in page? Other than those few times you might be accessing the social network on another computer, there's a good chance that you don't really see this page all that often. I know that for me, between mobile apps and just staying logged in on … Continue reading Social Media Log-in Pages
Milhouse is not a meme. But "Milhouse is not a meme" is a meme. This classic internet debate may seem like nothing more than 4chan absurdity, but there are merits to considering what counts (and what doesn't) as a meme. Since the mid-200s, 4chan logic has dictated that Simpson character Milhouse Van Houten, despite his … Continue reading What’s a Meme Anyway?
Paper written for my M.A. Communication Theory Seminar. Spring 2019. Numerous communication theories have been established to articulate key differences between computer-mediated communication (CMC) and traditional face-to-face (FtF) interactions in the physical world. Although many aspects of communication remain the same in online settings, people do behave differently once no longer speaking FtF. Social Information … Continue reading Ambiguity and Ambivalence: Revisiting Online Disinhibition Effect and Social Information Processing Theory in 4chan’s /g/ and /pol/ Boards
Maybe Twitter is destabilizing the previous norms of higher education. But maybe that’s actually a good thing.