I research the dark side of the Internet.
And yes, we do have the cookies.
Ok, not so much the dark side, but where things break down. The little cracks in communication where expectations, norms, and social constructions rear their heads. I want to know more about how we are socialized to identify, believe, associate with… and how experiencing another’s other can change our own expectations, norms, and further constructions.
My own research is concerned with how victims (of domestic violence, identity theft, etc.), and the disenfranchised (youth, minorities, gender biases), use social media as a way to hack their circumstances – how they gain information, establish networks, and reconstruct their identity. So the sites that are of interest to my own research are those of Zukerman’s cute cat theory – Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube… and more and more distributed and augmented spaces.