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.
"However, this methodological decision is not wholly discussed, and all the essays in this special forum which cite it seem to do so without turning a critical eye - for instance, by collapsing the variable of race in this way, people like me are entirely erased from view."
While we may have learned proper letter formatting while in elementary school, most of us never received formal training on how to write an email.