- Worst type of book review is a summary of each chapter
- Analyze the theory and methods, see if the book does what it sets out to do
- Fantastic if we can connect it to current conversations, but for undergrads, a direct, 1:1 engagement with the book itself is enough
Internet studies context
- Sociology has generally been terrible around technology; this has impacted where Internet studies resides
- *I wonder how sociology of tech (MUDs, virtual worlds, materiality, identity) interacts with Sherry Turkle's work
- 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science): "just send in an abstract", welcoming
- TL's graduate work: embodiment in virtual environments; inspired by sci-fi
- Online <> offline trope: "On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog"
Critical race theorists, feminists, queer theory researchers pioneered some of the views that there's no hard line between online and offline spaces (technolibertarian dream)
- Some of this critical work has been forgotten
- "You come into a new field and you just start hackin' away"
- *I wonder what place Internet studies has in media studies/communications, STS, etc. (as opposed to vice versa)
Many places Internet studies lives now
- CITASA (now CITAMS)
- NICA ICA (Int'l Communication Association)
- "Intellectual histories are fascinating because there are long, lingering trails"
- TL uses "Critical Internet studies" as a way to signal something other than the wide proliferation of the Internet research that doesn't think about issues of power, stratification
A big part of being a working scholar is finding the communities you're interested in being in conversation with
- Paraphrased comment: critical x anything implies that the original x anything is not critical, "I’ve been pretty miffed to find that almost every field appears to be fundamentally uncritical"
- Re: branding comment, how does trolling become a subculture?
- Subculture: The Meaning of Style by Dick Hebdige
- Capital is really good at absorbing forms of resistance (Hot Topic punk)
Lulz: why so important?
Z O N E D O U T
r/wallstreetbets: massive portfolios of loss
- Pretty much nothing said was taken seriously; people had lost so much money they wanted to dissociate
Psychoanalysis is humanity, philosophy; just concerned about this specific use
- "Weird over-extension that may have a lot of extra baggage"