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