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