Social Media Log-in Pages

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

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What’s a Meme Anyway?

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?

Ambiguity and Ambivalence: Revisiting Online Disinhibition Effect and Social Information Processing Theory in 4chan’s /g/ and /pol/ Boards

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

The Web in 2019

As I've written previously, the distinction between "internet" and "web" has grown increasingly blurred in recent years. In our contemporary discourse, and in day-to-day interaction, the two terms have become largely conflated. However, as the World Wide Web was first exploding in popularity the difference between the two terms was still more meaningful. Part of … Continue reading The Web in 2019