I recently completed a dissertation titled, Hobbyist inter-networking and the popular internet imaginary: Forgotten histories of networked personal computing, 1978-1998. The elevator pitch is that it offers a history of popular social computing grounded in the dial-up bulletin board systems (BBSes) of the 1980s and 1990s. Henry Jenkins was the committee chair along with François Bar and Alison Trope. Currently, I am working on a book based on this research, tentatively titled The Modem World.
- Driscoll, K. (2012). From Punched Cards to "Big Data": A Social History of Database Populism. communication +1, 1, (4).
- Mailland, J. and Driscoll, K, Minitel Terminal as a Twitter Client (June 29, 2012). 2012 TRPC.
- Driscoll, K., and Diaz, J. (2009). Endless loop: A brief history of chiptunes. Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures, 2. doi:10.3983/twc.2009.0096.
- Driscoll, K. Professional work for nothing: Revisiting Bill Gates' "An Open Letter To Hobbyists.". (Available upon request.)
Political talk online
I'm also working on a number of projects related to popular culture and political talk online with my former colleagues from USC including François Bar, Dayna Chatman, Lian Jian, Jieun Shin, and Kjerstin Thorson. Using a combination of macro-scale computational methods (thematic clustering, natural language processing) and micro-scale textual analysis, we have explored rumor diffusion and de-bunking, humor and live-tweeting during televised presidential debates, and the interrelationship of Black Twitter and Scandal fandom.
- Driscoll, K. & Walker, S. (2014). Working within a black box: Transparency in the collection and production of big Twitter data.. International Journal of Communication, 8.
- Vraga, E. K., Bode, L., Wells, C., Driscoll, K., & Thorson, K. (2014). The rules of engagement: Comparing two social protest movements on YouTube. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17, 133-140. (Available upon request.)
- Swartz, L. and Driscoll, K. (2014). "I hate your politics but I love your diamonds": The Web-based Interest-driven Messageboard as DIY Infrastructure. In M. Boler & M. Ratto (Eds.), DIY Citizenship, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (Available upon request.)
- Thorson, K., Driscoll, K., Ekdale, B., Edgerly, S., Thompson, L. G., Schrock, A., Swartz, L., Vraga, E. K., and Wells, C. (2013). YouTube, Twitter and the Occupy Movement: Connecting Content and Circulation Practices. Information, Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.756051. (PDF)