The Scholars

Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips is a third-year English PhD with a structured emphasis in Folklore. She studies online culture, specifically transgressive humor within trolling subcultures, and is particularly interested in the constitutive aspects of viral humor. Recent projects include a discussion of the Obama/Joker/socialism macro, an ethnographic account of RIP trolling on Facebook and liveblogging Piers PLowman.

Staci Tucker

Staci Tucker

Staci Tucker is a Ph.D. candidate of Communication and Society in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Staci worked for over ten years in online management, web design and development for various industries, including newspapers, film, and education. Her research interests include gender and queer expressions in new media, particularly video games, immersive virtual environments, social and independent media.

Mara Williams

Mara Williams

Mara Williams is a second-year PhD student in Communication and Society, through the school of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. A zinester, illustrator, and former radio host, she is currently studying queer media production online. Recent projects include studies of post-feminist and post-racist logics in online fandom, queer online archives, and feminist game blogs.

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As the internet becomes a prominent, if not dominant, object of study in communications, digital humanities, and throughout the social sciences, there is a need for a critical engagement with the emerging vocabulary we use to talk about interactivity. This blog by the UO HASTAC scholars uses media artifacts as the focus for developing and interrogating the terms of online engagement.

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Bryce Peake
Bryce Peake

Bryce Peake is a 2nd year PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Oregon. He has worked in radio, graphic & web design, museum communications, and photojournalism. His research looks at the racialized gendering of space through sound, and the ways in which listening is an activity that replicates/reproduces/rearticulates lines of force in space.

Whitney Phillips
Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips is a third-year English PhD with a structured emphasis in Folklore. She studies online culture, specifically transgressive humor within trolling subcultures, and is particularly interested in the constitutive aspects of viral humor. Her favorite TV show is all of them, and favorite book is magazines. Recent projects include a discussion of the Obama/Joker/socialism macro, an ethnographic account of RIP trolling on Facebook and liveblogging Piers PLowman.

Staci Tucker

Staci Tucker is a Ph.D. candidate of Communication and Society in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Staci worked for over ten years in online management, web design and development for various industries, including newspapers, film, and education. Her research interests include gender and queer expressions in new media, particularly video games, immersive virtual environments, social and independent media.

Mara Williams

Mara Williams

Mara Williams is a second-year PhD student in Communication and Society, through the school of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. A zinester, illustrator, and former radio host, she is currently studying queer media production online. Recent projects include studies of post-feminist and post-racist logics in online fandom, queer online archives, and feminist game blogs.


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